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Lingard’s England call-up a double-edged sword

Jesse Lingard’s recall to the England squad is good news.

The Hammers star has been on a tear since his loan move from Manchester United and is playing perhaps the best football of his career in east London.

And that has been rightfully rewarded by Gareth Southgate, who has picked Lingard to essentially take Jack Grealish’s place in the squad, as the Aston Villa playmaker is currently out injured.

More than anything, Southgate is thrilled to see a player who was a key member of his side in the early part of his reign as England boss return to his best form.

With the Hammers fighting at the top end of the Premier League table, he has urged Lingard to keep on pushing forward.

Lingard is likely to get a chance to impress in the coming internationals, against San Marino, Albania, and Poland. In reality, England should be winning all three games, particularly the first two.

Still, if Lingard does impress, one has to think he will figure prominently in Southgate’s thinking when it comes to Euro 2020.

Now, it bears repeating here that the Irons don’t have a purchase option agreed with United for Lingard; they will be in the same queue as everyone else this summer.

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But if he has another storming tournament, as he did at the 2018 World Cup, one has to think that clubs will be champing at the bit to bring him in.

He’s English, he’s talented, and he has a ceiling that he has still yet to hit.

Him being in the England squad obviously means he is doing well for the Irons and that can only be a good thing.

But it also means that he is on show to the entire world, and every club within it.

If he does keep playing as well he is, and he does go to the Euros, and he smashes it once again, expect there to be a tussle over his signature.

I’d still back the Hammers to win it – he really does seem settled – but it’s a headache we’d rather do without!

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

2 comments on “Lingard’s England call-up a double-edged sword

  1. Depends how you look at it. I would say its a win win.

    The last two years at Man United, he was not considered for England. Joins Westham and within in months he playing for England again.
    His performance for west ham have got him the chance.

  2. Not really a headache. Playing for West Ham, Jesse has caught the attention of the England selection panel. He will love to play for England. He takes a chance at losing his dream of enjoying his football career if he goes to a different club. Should be great all around.

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