England fans were delighted to learn that Jesse Lingard had pulled out of the England squad prior to their Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria on Saturday.
Gareth Southgate’s men powered to a 4-0 win at Wembley, with Harry Kane scoring a hat-trick and Raheem Sterling also on the scoresheet.
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Lingard was barely missed, though the England Twitter account announced before kick-off that he had returned to Manchester United because of an illness.
It means that he will also be absent for this week’s second qualifier, against Kosovo.
Lingard, of course, has struggled for United thus far this season, making four appearances but without registering a goal or an assist.
Indeed, he has not provided an assist in the Premier League since January, when United drew 2-2 with Burnley at Old Trafford. He last scored in the league in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first game in charge, in December; he netted twice in a 4-0 thumping of Cardiff City.
And fans were less than sympathetic when they read the news on Twitter.
Take a look at the best of the reaction below!
A terrible overrated England player who didn’t deserve to be called up for the team.
— Anish Silwal (@silwal_anish) September 7, 2019
Illness or just being terrible at football ??♂️
— Andy boote (@andyboote1) September 7, 2019
Good he’s absolutely garbage ??
— Josh Mckenzie (@DRFCJM1) September 7, 2019
— Louis Stagg (@dinglouis_) September 7, 2019
Should never have been picked anyway
— Thomas Moore (@thomasalfie04) September 7, 2019
Finally some good news
— Elliott Caines (@ElliottCaines) September 7, 2019
— Kyle Guest (@Kyleguest) September 7, 2019
— ???? (@Ioftuscheeks) September 7, 2019