Man Utd forward Jesse Lingard believes he needs to play regular football to have any chance of making the 2022 World Cup squad. He is yet to start a Premier League this season and has played just 45 minutes from three appearances from the bench. He scored in two of these three substitute appearances. Lingard narrowly missed out on making the cut for the England squad for Euro 2020 after being in contention based on a superb spell at West Ham in the second half of the season.

“Obviously, the World Cup is a long way away but… you need regular football,” Man Utd forward Jesse Lingard said. “I was so close to going to the Euros and I think obviously it plays a huge part and it’s a big factor. If you’re playing over 20 or 25 games, of course you know you’re knocking on the door so I think it does play a big part in that.”

“I’m not doing any harm at the moment – if I keep performing well and doing well you never know what might happen so I keep confident in myself and when I get when I get time on the pitch I’ve got to carry on doing what I’m doing,” he added. “You want to start games. When I’m a sub I’m always ready to play. I’m always ready to be needed when I’m called up. It’s one of those things I’m going through at the moment but I think on recent performances hopefully we’ll see a change in the next few weeks.”

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