‘He can play 7, 11, 8 or 10’ — Southgate gives reason for recalling Manchester United star

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Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard missed Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad after a fine half-season on loan with West Ham.

However, the 28-year-old has been listed as part of Southgate’s squad for the upcoming international games, and Southgate has explained why he called Lingard.

According to Southgate, Lingard can play multiple positions and is also good at international games.

“He was obviously in the long list before the summer,” Southgate told reporters after his squad announcement.

“He was very close to the squad we named.

“He’s had matches in pre-season, missed start of season with Covid but he’s a player, for these games in particular, that knows how we play.

“We can use him at 7, 11, 8 or 10 10. Although we’re normally looking at players like Patrick [Bamford] where it’s someone new, Jesse – though he’s not had gametime so far this season – we know level he’s capable of.

“He’s got a good record at internationals. We go to Budapest and play within two or three days so we need players who can adapt quickly.”

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