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Southgate advised me to stay in England - Jesse Lingard

Southgate advised me to stay in England - Jesse Lingard

Manchester United man Jesse Lingard who is on loan at West Ham has revealed England manager Gareth Southgate advised him to stay in England during his search for a club.

Lord Lingard as commonly known by many fans was in search of a club after a disappointing 2020-21 season where he didn't play a single Premier League game for Manchester United.

Lingard who has been in fine form since joining West Ham on loan from Manchester United was in search of playing time and a move away was just what was on his mind. However, England manager Gareth Southgate stepped in and advised the 28-year-old to remain in the Premier League.

He has now scored five goals and assisted two in seven games for West Ham and the brilliant form has earned him a call-up to the England squad for the upcoming international games.

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

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“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 also revealed his excitement when he heard of his call up to the England squad.

“It was amazing, even for my family. It was emotional and it’s been a long time coming,' Lingard revealed

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“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.

“Things happen off the pitch which can affect your performances, when I went on loan to West Ham I had a load of targets written down, and I’ve already hit certain ones already.

“It’s just about having the right mindset and focus.”

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