Jesse Lingard revealed that being left out of the final England Euro 2020 squad was emotional. He maintained that his relationship with Gareth Southgate will not change and always has been good. Lingard played both the friendlies leading up to Euro 2020 but failed to make the final cut. The England midfielder was in sublime form after joining West Ham on loan. He was instrumental to West Ham qualifying for Europe for the first time in more than a decade.
“It was emotional. You’re sad and you’re down, but you’ve got to respect the manager’s decision.” England midfielder Jesse Lingard said. “Me and Gareth have a great relationship, and now it’s about supporting the boys. I love watching England – I’m a fan myself. I enjoyed going to the beer garden to watch the first game.”
“Last year, November time, I think no one thought I’d get near the team. But I worked hard, did well on loan and England came knocking,” he added. “I enjoyed the camp in March – it’s always good to be back with the boys. I played in those games, and then coming up to the Euros, being involved in the 33-man squad was brilliant as well. I worked so hard to get there. I didn’t get picked, but I’ll always carry on supporting the boys.”
Lingard had not played a single Premier League for Manchester United this season. He joined West Ham in January and went on to score nine goals for the club while providing five assists in 16 appearances. The midfielder will now return to Manchester United but insists that regular football is the most important aspect for him as a player.
“Regular football is the most important thing for me.” he added. “After going on loan and getting a good run in the team, you started to see the real me, with the goals and the assists.”