Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard, currently on loan at West Ham, has been included in the latest England squad after a two-year absence.
England boss Gareth Southgate admits he has been impressed with the performances of the midfielder while on loan at West Ham but insists he never doubted Lingard’s quality.
Southgate said: “Our injuries in the attacking areas have opened up an opportunity for Jesse Lingard, but his performances for West Ham have been excellent.
“He’s scored four goals in six games and we know he can perform at this level. We know he’s been a really good member of our squad, both in terms of his general link-up play and he’s scored goals for England as well.
“We trust Jesse and we think he can play a big part in these three games – it’s a great opportunity for him. We have a lot of belief in Jesse – we know what a good player he is. There’s never been any question in my mind about his quality.”
Lingard, along with Dean Henderson, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford, were included in the latest 26-man England squad.