Gareth Southgate has decided to line up Jesse Lingard to face Austria with England on Wednesday (9 p.m.) in a preparation match, while he did not retain him in his list for the Euro.
Not called for the Euro … but holder in a preparation match. This is the somewhat paradoxical situation experienced by Jesse Lingard. If he is not on the list of 26 players selected by Gareth Southgate for the tournament, the 28-year-old attacking midfielder is starting to face Austria (9 p.m.) on Wednesday in a friendly.
After unveiling his squad on Tuesday, Southgate left the choice to unsuccessful players to leave the rally or stay. Lingard opted for the second option and he will therefore have the opportunity to shine on the side of the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough.
Totally revived at West Ham
Lacking playing time at Manchester United, he fully revived by joining West Ham, on loan, last January. In 16 Premier League games, he has totaled nine goals and five assists, participating in the good course of the Hammers, who qualified for the next Europa League thanks to their sixth place. Southgate has yet decided to dispense with its services for the upcoming Euro (June 11-July 11).
“For me, personally, it was very difficult to tell Jesse who gave so much to England,” admitted the Three Lions manager, who gave him his first cap in his first game in office, in 2016, against Malta (2-0).
In a very supplied sector, he preferred to bet in particular on the young Jude Bellingham (17), performing with Borussia Dortmund. Semi-finalist of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, England will start their Euro against Croatia on June 13, before facing Scotland on the 18th and the Czech Republic on the 22nd.