West Ham loanee Jesse Lingard has joined a Leeds duo as outsider options being ‘considered’ by Gareth Southgate for an England call-up following scintillating form in the Premier League.
England tactician Gareth Southgate is set to declare who has made his senior today for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino, Albania and Poland at the end of this month.
Gareth Southgate is reportedly eyeing up Lingard along with Leeds’ Luke Ayling and Patrick Bamford as options to make the squad.
The England squad looks likely to be more depleted than normal following a string of notable injuries and doubts in all areas of the pitch.
A wealth of creative wingers and midfielders remain unlikely to make the squad due to injury concerns. James Maddison, Jack Grealish, Jadon Sancho, Harvey Barnes, Danny Ings, Callum Wilson, Tammy Abraham and many more are just some of the wealth of key attacking options that Southgate will likely be without.
Consequentially, Lingard’s good form that has seen him manage two assists and four goals in just six appearances for West Ham could see the Irons loanee return to the international fold.
With reduced competition for places through injury, it looks to be an increasingly probable prospect that Lingard makes the squad.
It seems a fine reward for someone so instrumental in the Irons’ push to the upper spots of the English game, and Lingard’s previous international role will render him a familiar option with Southgate’s practices and tactics.
In that sense, he is the natural fill-in for the likes of Jack Grealish and James Maddison.