Lingard focused on Three Lions future

Lingard focused on Three Lions future

Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard believes he has "more hunger and motivation" to feature for England at next year's World Cup after failing to make the squad for Euro 2020.


Recent revival

After having fallen out of favour at Manchester United going into the 2020-21 campaign, Lingard's hopes of again representing his country were fading.

But the wide player was sent out on loan to West Ham last term and turned his career around with nine goals in 16 appearances for the Hammers.

That caught the eye of England boss Gareth Southgate, who included Lingard in the provisional 33-man squad for this summer's European Championship.

Lingard ultimately missed the final cut but he marked his return to the team in the September international break with a brace against Andorra at Wembley and is determined to fight for his place in the 2022 World Cup squad.

Euros disappointment a motivator

Asked if his omission from the Euro 2020 squad has spurred him on, Lingard replied: "Yes it gives you more hunger and motivation to be playing in the biggest tournaments and games.

"I've been with England for many years and I've seen camps change… but at the moment I think the camps I've been at now are one of the best.

"The togetherness and the team spirit - Gareth's really got us set up right. The games we're going into, there's real confidence and we're trying to obviously get through the qualifiers."