Gareth Southgate’s first England squad included some interesting inclusions, and one of them was Jesse Lingard.
This season, under Jose Mourinho, Lingard has appeared in three Premier League games, including the Manchester derby, and his performances have been enough to persuade Southgate that he deserves a call up to the national team.
And of the young guns looking for their place in the England team, it’s hard to argue with his selection when you look at his FanDuel stats.
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And in the game, Lingard is averaging over 14 points per game, more than others in his attacking position like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Daniel Sturridge and even Jamie Vardy. And as he’s classed as a midfielder in the game, he’s even doing better than other varieties of midfielder like Eric Dier.
He’s justified his selection over some of the other players in his way, but can Lingard justify it on the pitch by putting in a good performance? In his last two Wembley appearances – against Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final and against Leicester City in the Community Shield – Lingard scored impressive goals. Will he be able to do it again in an England shirt this time?
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