Bellingham cleared to join England squad for 2022 qualifiers

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(Reuters) - Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham has been cleared to join England's squad for their 2022 World Cup qualifiers this month, the Football Association said.

The 17-year-old was included in coach Gareth Southgate's squad but his participation was in doubt due to Germany's COVID-19 travel restrictions, which would have forced him to self-isolate for 14 days upon his return.

"We're pleased to confirm that — following the latest COVID risk update from German authorities — @BellinghamJude is now permitted to join up with the #ThreeLions tomorrow," England tweeted https://twitter.com/England/status/1373688356014415873.

England host San Marino on Thursday before playing away against Albania on Sunday and at home against Poland on March 31.

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)