Lingard Back At Old Trafford After Being Sent Home From England Squad

Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard has returned to the club early after being sent home from the Three Lions squad.

Lingard missed England’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria on Saturday as the 26-year-old was unable to train this week due to illness.

Lingard was not named in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the match at Wembley due to the illness and has now returned to Old Trafford for treatment.

“We’ve decided to send him home today,” Southgate told ITV.

“He hasn’t been able to train last couple of days, we don’t think he’ll be ready for Tuesday.”

Lingard will also miss England’s clash with Kosovo on Tuesday evening, and he will be aiming to be fit for United’s next league game against Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

England boss Gareth Southgate was criticised for naming Lingard in his squad, but Southgate defended his decision.

He said: “I think you’d have to say I’ve seen him have better spells for United.

“I think Ole has a young, energetic team, and I think Jesse’s pressing and the energy he brings to that has been an important part of what they’ve tried to do in the first few games.

“The inclusion of Jesse for us is partly because his form for us has always been good. I know there was stats on his goals. He was only involved in four games for us last season because of injury – two starts and two off the bench.

“He scored two and had a goal disallowed when he came on in the Nations League game. He had a very good World Cup.

“When you’re selecting a team, there’s half an eye on club form but also I don’t remember a game where he’s been really poor for us.”