Jesse Lingard admits that West Ham’s move has given him a ‘new lease of life’ after Manchester United’s nightmare as he looks to stake his claim for a spot on England’s Euro 2020 squad.
- Jesse Lingard hopes to return to England’s line-up against San Marino on Thursday
- He returned to the England squad after a brilliant start to his life on loan at West Ham
- Lingard has five goals and three assists in just seven games with the Hammers
- The winger now tries to use his claim in the England squad for Euros
Jesse Lingard has applauded his move to West Ham for giving him a ‘new lease of life’ ahead of his possible return to the England starting line-up on Thursday night.
Lingard thrived on loan at London Stadium after finally ending his Manchester United nightmare, scoring five goals and creating three assists in just seven games for the Hammers.
And due to the winger’s good form, after a long time in obscurity at Old Trafford, he was recently rewarded with a recall to the Three Lions line-up for their upcoming World Cup-qualifying triple header – starting at Wembley against San Marino on Thursday.
Winger Jesse Lingard is back in the England lineup after a boom on loan to West Ham
And Lingard has since praised the role his move to the Hammers has played in helping him rejoin the England squad – with his last cap against Switzerland in the 2019 UEFA Nations League play-off in third place.
When asked if a move to West Ham had changed his international chances, Lingard admitted to the FA: ‘One hundred percent, it’s a bit like a second life. I moved to London which is a different, different group of guys – all the guys are brilliant in West Ham, they welcomed me with open arms.
‘The staff were great and the whole club, the whole setup is really good. I play week after week and I do something I love, so it has been perfect for me. As you say, it has been revived.
‘I think [getting back in the England squad] was always on my mind. I like to play for my country. I already missed half a season and had to start very quickly with West Ham and do my very best to get in there.
“It’s about believing and doing it right for West Ham – scoring, assisting, winning games – and I think you clearly know that justified me a place here, just being in shape.
Lingard has five goals and three assists to his credit in just seven games for the Hammers
When I got a loan to West Ham, I wrote down many goals. Certain ones I’ve already hit and will continue that for the rest of the season, so it’s all about having the right mindset and the right focus – coming to West Ham and trying to help the team, trying to fight for Europe, and i also have individual goals. ‘
Lingard also revealed that Gareth Southgate had been instrumental in his choice to be loaned out to West Ham, for a host of European clubs, who were also on the hunt for his signature.
Lingard had failed to appear for United in the Premier League this season and knew he needed another change if he wanted any hope of making the England squad for this summer’s European Championship.
“Gareth has shown a lot of support and confidence in me,” added Lingard. ‘He was the first to give me my England debut, which I am proud of and I still kept in touch with him even though I didn’t play just to get his advice on what to do.
[Discussing the potential loan] It really was the right move. Whether it was going to Europe or staying in the Premier League and he said, “If I were you I would stay in the Premier League.” So after that I had to find a Premier League side and of course West Ham was a perfect fit.
Lingard will desperately want to take his place in Gareth Southgate’s side for the euro
‘We kept talking and then the loan happened so I stopped talking to him after the loan, it was all about working hard for West Ham and trying to get the call.
‘I just wanted to go out and just play football and try to do my best and the statistics speak for themselves and all I can do is keep scoring goals, help the team and when England knocked it was a brilliant opportunity.’
After hitting the ground in East London, Lingard hopes to continue his rich form for his country.
‘I mean, I’m confident right now, the gigs I’ve done for West Ham, hopefully I can bring them [to England], ‘he added.
“But I have to stay confident and still believe in myself to do my best to help the team.”