Jesse Lingard says the decision to move from Man United to West Ham was influenced by Gareth Southgate
Jesse Lingard reveals that Gareth Southgate told him a move to the Premier League from Manchester United would increase his chances of a recall for England … and now he is reaping the rewards with a lightning-fast start at West Ham, which will put him back in the squad. pushes for Euro 2020.
- Jesse Lingard revealed that he spoke to Gareth Southgate before joining West Ham
- The midfielder joined David Moyes’ squad on loan from Manchester United
- Lingard said the England boss advised him to stay in the Premier League
- He has scored five goals and provided two assists in his first seven games
Jesse Lingard says his decision to join West Ham was influenced by the advice of England boss Gareth Southgate.
The midfielder made the switch to the Hammers in search of regular time after not playing in the Premier League for Manchester United this season.
Lingard has five goals and two assists in seven games for David Moyes’ side and his impressive form earned him a recall from the England side for the first time in two years.
Jesse Lingard (left) says his decision to be loaned out at West Ham was influenced by the advice of England boss Gareth Southgate (right)
Lingard kept in touch with the manager despite not being on the squad for over two years
Ahead of England’s World Cup qualifier with San Marino, Lingard revealed that he had kept in touch with Southgate and sought advice from him in deciding which club to join in January.
“He has shown a lot of support and confidence in me, he gave me my debut in England, which I am proud of,” said Lingard. talkSPORT
‘I still kept in touch with him even though I wasn’t playing, just to get his advice on what to do.
The Hammers midfielder scored five goals and provided two assists in his first seven games
It was just about the right move, whether it went to Europe or stayed in the Premier League.
‘He said,’ If I were you I would stay in the Premier League ‘. Then it was all about finding a Premier League side and West Ham was a perfect fit. ‘
The 28-year-old was a key member of Southgate’s 2018 World Cup squad, but his last cap for England came in third in the UEFA Nations League play-off with Switzerland in 2019.
The midfielder, who was struggling off the field with his mother suffering from depression, added that his return to the international team had been a long and ’emotional’ journey.
“I’ve had to work hard and graft, and I still believe in myself to play at the highest level,” he said. “If you work hard, you will eventually get the reward.”