England secured a comfortable and confident victory over Andorra in their World Cup qualifying match on Sunday evening and it was a Manchester United star who stole the show at Wembley Stadium.
With Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho unavailable through injury, it was Jesse Lingard who stood out for Gareth Southgate’s charges, scoring a brace and also providing an assist.
His first strike was the 28-year-old’s first international goal since 2018 and further raised the question of whether he deserves to be selected in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting XI at United on a regular basis.
As per SofaScore, Lingard received a match rating of 9.6 out of 10, the highest score for anyone on the pitch, and it’s clear why this was the case when taking a closer look at his underlying numbers.
The versatile forward recorded a passing accuracy of 89%, made two key passes and won a whopping nine duels, showcasing the influence he had over proceedings.
Lingard also contributed defensively as well, though, making one interception and two tackles. His all-round game was impressive on his return to the England starting lineup, and he’ll be hoping for the opportunity to impress from the off at club level as well.
With Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo arriving at Old Trafford this summer, chances to feature from the off are expected to be hard to come by for Lingard.
He excelled during a short-term loan spell at West Ham United last season, scoring nine goals and providing five assists in just 16 Premier League appearances, but competition for places is extremely tough back at his boyhood club.
It’s as yet unknown how long Sancho’s fitness concern will keep him sidelined, although Lingard’s performance over the weekend certainly sent a big message to Solskjaer, and he could be rewarded with a start when Newcastle United travel down to Manchester following the international break.