By Andy Hyslop
- Jesse Lingard has been called up to the England for Tuesday’s game against France
- The call-up is Lingard’s first to the England senior squad
Jesse Lingard’s recent good form for Manchester United, has seen the Warrington born midfielder called up to the England squad for the first time. He joins fellow United team-mates Smalling, Jones and Rooney in the squad for the game against France.
22 year-old Lingard has represented England at under-17 and under-21 level and has earned his first call-up to the senior England squad. Lingard has forced his way into Van Gaal’s starting eleven in recent weeks.
His performances for United have clearly impressed England manager Hodgson. He has shown his ability to run at defenders, offering a goal threat. Whilst also helping the team defensively. This is one of the key attributes that has seen him force his way into Van Gaal’s plans.
His call-up comes as Carrick and Vardy are ruled out of the game due to injury. And he will join up with his England team-mates today.
Michael Carrick was stretchered off in the final minutes of England’s 2-0 defeat to Spain on Friday night and has returned to United for further assessment on the injury.
Meanwhile Vardy had to sit-out the defeat to Spain after picking up a knock in Leicester City’s win over Watford and has also been ruled out of England’s final game of 2015.
Lingard has represented England in previous age groups. Making three appearances for the under-17s and 11 appearances for under-21s, scoring two goals; including the winner against Sweden in a group match of the Under-21 European Championships in the summer.