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Man United midfielder given first England call-up

Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard has been called into the England squad ahead of Tuesday's game against France.

The 22-year-old will join up with the squad on Sunday to help bolster Roy Hodgson's ranks after two players were forced out through injury.

Jesse Lingard is now in the squad. Credit: Pa

Lingard's Old Trafford team-mate Michael Carrick was carried off in the last minute of England's 2-0 defeat to Spain on Friday.

Carrick has returned to his club and will not be available for England's final game of the year.

Meanwhile Jamie Vardy, who sat out the game in Alicante with a knock sustained in Leicester's Premier League encounter with Watford last weekend, will also miss Tuesday's match with the French.


Man United striker praises Chelsea star Costa

Diego Costa is currently on international duty. Credit: PA

Diego Costa is not the most popular player outside of Chelsea, but Wayne Rooney is a big fan of the controversial Blues and Spain striker.

Costa has earned a reputation as something of a wind-up merchant due to his attempts to get under defenders' skin.

I actually voted for him as player of the year last season because I think he was a huge player for Chelsea. I think what Chelsea missed the season before was that fight up front and he gave them that and I strongly believe that's why they became champions. Obviously it hasn't gone as well as it did last season for him but I think he is a fantastic player.

He's a fighter and I think that's part of his game and it's going to be very difficult for anyone to ask him not to do that. I feel that's in him - that fight. He thrives on that and that gets his team-mates going as well.

– Wayne Rooney


Southgate hopes Lingard inspires Man United

Jesse Lingard has impressed in recent weeks. Credit: PA

Gareth Southgate has backed Jesse Lingard to keep upsetting the order at Manchester United, and revealed his surprise the winger has not been tempted away.

England Under-21 manager Southgate expects the 22-year-old to nail down his spot after making the breakthrough at Old Trafford.

Physically he has been a late developer and we think there is still some physical growth to come but he's an intelligent footballer and he will carry out the role he's asked to do, which I think the manager there will quite like.

He is at a club where you know you have to perform every week but over the years that's how the youngsters there have been raised.

They know they're going to have to perform in front of 70,000 people and that brings expectations and he's got the shirt at the moment and knowing him he'll do whatever it takes to hold onto it.

People at the club, for a long time, stuck with him at a time where he was a small one.

– Jesse Lingard

First Man United goal a dream - Lingard

Jesse Lingard netted his first goal for the club against West Brom. Credit: PA

Manchester United youngster Jesse Lingard says scoring his first senior goal for the club was a dream come true.

The 22-year-old, who has appeared in United's last seven games, netted in his side's 2-0 win over West Brom on Saturday afternoon.

Yeah, it was (a dream come true). I've been a bit rash with my finishing recently but to be composed in that situation was good and I am glad it went in.

I'm definitely growing in confidence. The manager has put faith in me to start some really important games so my confidence is obviously sky high.

I had to work hard in training and I've got my rewards. Now I need to be consistent with my performances as I know the manager likes that from his players.

If I can carry on like this then that will obviously be great for me.

– Jesse Lingard speaking to
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