Former Hammer Jesse Lingard scored his first international goal in almost three years before following it with a second and an assist to show Gareth Southgate what he is missing. Hammer Declan Rice was left unused on the bench as England’s B team beat Andora 4-0 this afternoon.
The opening goal was the sort that seemed so typical of these games, as Andorra were simply overwhelmed. In one of the few moments when it looked like an attack may be on for the visitors, Tyrone Mings just stepped in to win the ball and set England on their way. Saka crossed for the ball to come back for Lingard, who fired an awkward shot into the bottom corner. It was still novel for the former Hammer, as he hit his first international goal since November 2018, with another to follow.
Lingard then conspicuously performed Cristiano Ronaldo’s celebration, albeit with the twist of forming his own initials with his thumbs at the end.
Lingard claimed his second of the game with a speculative shot on 78 minutes.
The 28-year-old turned down a return to West Ham last week after scoring nine goals and making four assists last season for the Hammers. Let’s see how many minutes he gets on the pitch between now and January for Manchester United.