England midfielder Jesse Lingard revealed that missing out on a spot at Euro 2020 is the driving force behind his desire to earn a spot at the 2022 World Cup. Lingard earned a spot in the 30-man provisional squad for Euro 2020 based on his performance during his time out on loan at West Ham. He did not make the final cut but was once again called up by Gareth Southgate for their World Cup qualifiers. Despite his struggle for minutes at United, Lingard has been called up for the World Cup qualifiers this week.
“Yes, it gives you more hunger and motivation to be playing in the biggest of tournaments and games,” England midfielder Jesse Lingard said. “It’s always hard. Considering where I was for a period of time, not playing as much and not in the England squad, to get into the 33-man squad shows what you can do with hard work and belief. I was disappointed to miss out but I was still there supporting the boys through thick and thin. They had a great chance after getting into the final but we have to move on quickly and prepare for the new season.”
“I’ve been with England for many years and I’ve seen camps change over the years but at the moment I think the camps I’ve been at now are one of the best,” he added. “The togetherness and the team spirit, Gareth’s really got us set upright. The games we’re going into, there’s real confidence and we’re trying to obviously get through the qualifiers.”
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