In-form Lingard reveals who advised him to leave Manchester United

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Jesse Lingard left Manchester United on loan in January, after a lack of game time under Olé Gunnar Solskjaer.

The 28-year-old didn’t make a single Premier League appearance for United this season and was scarcely used last season as well.

He hit instant form with a loan move to West Ham, as he has scored 5 goals and assisted 2 in just 7 games for the Hammers.

His lack of club games affected his call-up to the national team, and Lingard has revealed that England boss Gareth Southgate advised him to make the loan move.

“He’s shown a lot of support and belief in me, he gave me my England debut, which I’m proud of,” Lingard told talkSPORT of Southgate.

“I still kept in contact with him even though I wasn’t playing, just to get his advice on what I should do.

“It was just about the right move, whether it was going out to Europe or staying in the Premier League.

“He said, ‘If I was you, I would stay in the Premier League’. After that, it was about finding a Premier League side and West Ham fitted in perfectly.”

Lingard has now been called back to the Three Lions squad and will be hoping to add to his 24 caps when England take on San Marino, Albania and Poland in World Cup qualifiers this month.

Lingard hasn’t featured for the Three Lions in close to two years, and his most recent England appearance came in June 2019, when he started the UEFA Nations League third-place play-off against Switzerland.

On his England return, Lingard added: “I’ve had to work hard and graft, and I still believe in myself to play at the highest level. If you work hard, you get the rewards in the end.”