Man United starlet called up to England squad

Manchester United starlet Jesse Lingard has been rewarded for his break through this season with a call up to the England squad, report the Daily Mail.

The 22-year old has been given an extended run in Louis van Gaal’s first-team ahead of £25m man Memphis Depay, and scored his first goal last weekend – a stunning strike against West Brom.

The news comes as both Michael Carrick and Jamie Vardy were forced to pull out of the squad following injuries.

Carrick was stretchered off the field of play during Friday’s 2-0 loss to Spain with suspected ligament damage in his ankle, while Vardy sat out the game after sustaining a knock in Leicester’s win over Watford.

It marks Lingard’s first senior call-up, though he is a regular in the England under-21 squad. Prior to breaking the first-team at Old Trafford, he has enjoyed loan spells at Brighton, Birmingham and Derby.

He goes straight into contention for Tuesday’s game with France, which the FA announced will go ahead as planned despite the recent tragedies in Paris.