Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard has spoken about his ’emotional’ and ‘sad’ omission from England’s Euro 2020 squad.
Lingard was called up to England’s provisional 33-man squad after an excellent loan spell at West Ham last season, however, he was one of seven players cut from the squad ahead of the tournament.
“It was emotional. You’re sad and you’re down, but you’ve got to respect the manager’s decision.
“Me and Gareth have a great relationship, and now it’s about supporting the boys.
“I love watching England – I’m a fan myself,” he said. “I enjoyed going to the beer garden to watch the first game.
“Last year, November time, I think no one thought I’d get near the team. But I worked hard, did well on loan and England came knocking.
“I enjoyed the camp in March – it’s always good to be back with the boys. I played in those games, and then coming up to the Euros, being involved in the 33-man squad was brilliant as well.
“I worked so hard to get there. I didn’t get picked, but I’ll always carry on supporting the boys.”
Whilst on loan at West Ham he scored nine goals and provided five assists in 16 appearances, and helped guide the London club to Europa League football next season.
Lingard is set to return to Man Utd for pre-season training following his time at the Hammers, and he said: “Regular football is the most important thing for me.
“After going on loan and getting a good run in the team, you started to see the real me, with the goals and the assists.
“I’ve never doubted my ability, I’ve always believed in myself. I spoke to the manager (Ole Gunnar Solskjaer) in pre-season and said, ‘I need game time’. He said, ‘we can discuss it December time’, and we spoke again and he agreed to let me go on loan.
“I had various conversations with him during my time at West Ham. He was very supportive and it was a great loan for me.”