Jesse Lingard says decision to join West Ham from Man United was influenced by Gareth Southgate


Jesse Lingard reveals Gareth Southgate told him a Premier League move from Manchester United would boost his chances of an England recall… and now he’s reaping the rewards with lightning start at West Ham propelling him back into squad ahead of Euro 2020

  • Jesse Lingard revealed he spoke to Gareth Southgate before joining West Ham 
  • The midfielder joined David Moyes’ side on loan from Manchester United
  • Lingard said the England boss advised him to stay in the Premier League 
  • He has scored five goals and made two assists in his first seven games 

Jesse Lingard says his decision to join West Ham on loan was influenced by advice from England boss Gareth Southgate. 

The midfielder made the move to the Hammers in search of regular game time after failing to make a Premier League appearance for Manchester United this season.

Lingard has five goals and two assists in seven games for David Moyes’ side and his impressive form earned him a recall to the England squad for the first time in two years.

Jesse Lingard spoke to Gareth Southgate before joining West Ham

The England boss advised the midfielder to stay in the Permier League

Jesse Lingard (left) says his decision to join West Ham on loan was influenced by advice from England boss Gareth Southgate (right)

Lingard kept in touch with the manager despite not being in the squad for over two years

Lingard kept in touch with the manager despite not being in the squad for over two years

Speaking ahead of England’s World Cup qualifier with San Marino, Lingard revealed he had kept in touch with Southgate and sought advice from him when deciding which club to join in January. 

‘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.

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

The Hammers midfielder has scored five goals and made two assists in his first seven games

The Hammers midfielder has scored five goals and made two assists in his first seven games

‘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.’

The 28-year-old was a key member of Southgate’s 2018 World Cup squad but his last England cap came in the UEFA Nations League third-place play-off with Switzerland in 2019.

The midfielder, who has had a difficult time off the pitch with his mother suffering from depression, added that his return to the international team had been long and ’emotional’ road. 

‘I’ve had to work hard and graft, and I still believe in myself to play at the highest level,’ he said. ‘If you work hard, you get the rewards in the end.’

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