“It’s don’t worry me at Man Utd” – Lingard speaks out
Jesse Lingard is not panicking about his limited playing time and insists he can still make the World Cup squad as a Manchester United player.
Gareth Southgate has always been a huge admirer of the midfielder
However, omitted him from his European Championship plans at the last minute
Lingard only started playing regularly last season after joining West Ham on loan in January
Things would have been different had he played a full campaign.
West Ham failed in a bid to sign him permanently and his opportunities have been limited since returning to Old Trafford
His sole start was against West Ham in the Carabao Cup, with five additional substitute appearances.
It is a contrast to his England situation — he started against Andorra last month and scored twice in the 4-0 home win.
Yet Southgate has made it clear that to be in the England team
Said no matter how highly individuals are regarded, players need regular starts.
Lingard has taken the message on board but insists there is no need to consider a move, with the World Cup still 13 months away.
“The World Cup is a long way away but you need regular football,’ said Lingard
‘I was so close to going to the Euros — it’s a big factor. If you’re playing over 20, 25 games”
“You’re knocking on the door. I think it plays a big part in that”
‘I’m not doing any harm at the moment if I keep performing well. You never know what might happen”
“I keep confident in myself and when I get time on the pitch, I’ve got to carry on doing what I’m doing”
‘Of course, I want to be playing and helping the team but I’ve not done any harm (to my England chances)”
“With whatever minutes I get, I do my best. That’s the only thing I’m concentrating on.’
Lingard was always going to be in this squad for the qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary