Former West Ham striker Marlon Harewood has urged England manager Gareth Southgate to bring Jesse Lingard back into the Three Lions frame, in an exclusive interview with Football FanCast.
The last cap Lingard won came against Switzerland in the UEFA Nations League back in 2019, with the 28-year-old’s lack of playing time at Manchester United seeing him drop out of Southgate’s thinking.
He has since, however, managed to get his career going again thanks to what has been a successful loan spell at West Ham so far, and Harewood believes he has done enough to earn an England recall.
Discussing the attacker’s England chances with FFC, Harewood said:
“Jesse Lingard should be back in the frame, just the way he’s been playing. He’s just opening the door because he’s that calibre of player and just needed a bit of confidence and a bit of luck.”
£75,000-a-week man Lingard has certainly made quite the impression following his loan move to West Ham in the January transfer window.
The England international has been directly involved in six league goals in as many games for the Hammers, scoring four times and providing two assists. Even so, competition for a place in Southgate’s squad for Euro 2020 will be fierce.
Lingard’s fellow English attackers Jack Grealish, Mason Mount, James Maddison and Phil Foden will all be hoping that they have done enough for their respective clubs this season to get the nod from Southgate this summer.