Jesse Lingard goes from player to fan as he breaks silence following England squad omission

Jesse Lingard has taken his England squad omission with good grace as he offered his best wishes to the remaining members of Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions set-up.

The 28-year-old’s form on loan at West Ham saw him reclaim a spot in Southgate’s England squad for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers in April and a place in the 33-man provisional Euro 2020 party.

However, the Manchester United player was cut from the final squad only to be granted a slither of hope following the withdrawal through injury of Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Lingard was one of six players on the standby list and he featured in both pre-tournament friendlies last week.

Southgate, however, opted for defensive cover in Ben White rather than the experience and attacking option Lingard would have provided.

Lingard’s loan spell at West Ham saw the attacking-midfielder contribute nine goals and five assists across 16 games but with competition fierce in that area of the England squad the 29 capped international missed out on selection.

Despite the disappointment of missing out on a major tournament, Lingard has reacted in a positive way, offering his best wishes to the remainder of the squad ahead of England’s opening match on Sunday against Croatia.

“I’ll be supporting the team all summer! Good luck to the lads! Bring it home.”

Lingard, as with the other players cut from the 33-man provisional squad, was given the option to leave the England training camp following the news of their omission.

However, such is his desire to represent his country and help to prepare the team for the tournament, Lingard remained with Southgate’s men until after the second warm-up match.

Following the 1-0 win over Romania, the players were given Monday off to see family before entering their COVID secure tournament bubble.

Lingard has now left the England camp and will return home to decide upon whether his future lays at Old Trafford, West Ham, or elsewhere.

The Hammers boss David Moyes made it clear at the end of the season he would like Lingard to return to the London Stadium next season but admitted the choice lies with Manchester United and Lingard himself.

With no distraction of a European Championship campaign ahead for Lingard, his future will be at the forefront of his mind while he takes a break from football to mull over his options.

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