Jesse Lingard puts aside England’s disappointment at wishing Three Lions a good lead at Euro 2020 as the Manchester United playmaker urges Gareth Southgate’s side to ‘take it home’
Jesse Lingard has put his disappointment in England behind him to support Gareth Southgate’s side for this summer’s European Championship.
The Manchester United star had found himself battling for a spot in Southgate’s side after a sensational six-month loan spell at West Ham, scoring nine goals in 16 appearances for David Moyes’ side.
Lingard was named in Southgate’s 33-man preliminary squad last month but failed to make the final cut, with the Three Lions boss choosing Ben White over the attacking midfielder following the withdrawal of Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Jesse Lingard has sent a message of support to the England team ahead of Euro 2020
The 28-year-old star of Manchester United failed to make the 26-man roster of Gareth Southgate this summer
The 28-year-old played in the warm-up matches against Austria and Romania, where Southgate praised the playmaker’s mentality, and Lingard took to Instagram to wish the squad the best of luck for their opening game against Croatia on Sunday.
“When it comes to getting involved with the boys and representing my country, I will never stop smiling,” he said Posted next to an image of himself playing for his country.
‘I will be supporting the team all summer! Good luck to the boys! Bring it home.”
Jordan Henderson, Jack Grealish and Bukayo Saka all responded with applause emojis under Lingard’s post, while Declan Rice wrote, “What a guy.”
However, he has put his disappointment aside to wish the national team the best of luck
The Three Lions play their opening game of this summer’s tournament against Croatia on Sunday zondag
Southgate admitted it was particularly difficult to let Lingard and Southampton star James Ward-Prowse out before greeting the pair’s dedication to the group.
“There were a few who entered the friendlies and added a lot to the group, but we knew Greenwood was not a contender with the injury, but it was very difficult to talk to Lingard and James Ward-Prowse, who were our captained the Under-21s,” Southgate said last week.
“Their effort was fantastic and although they were disappointed, they knew where they stood and the group is relaxed.”
England kick off their tournament on June 13 when they play Croatia at Wembley, with more matches against Scotland and the Czech Republic.