Jesse Lingard handed shock England call-up

Date published: Sunday 15th November 2015 11:08

Jesse Lingard: Called up

Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard has been called in to the England squad, despite starting just one Premier League game this season.

The 22-year-old, who started and scored in United’s recent 2-0 win over West Brom, will join up with the Three Lions’ squad on Sunday to help bolster Roy Hodgson’s ranks after United team-mate Michael Carrick and Leicester’s Jamie Vardy were forced to withdraw through injury.

Lingard, who has made five Premier League appearances for United, started last season’s opening game against Swansea before being loaned to Derby where he scored twice in 14 appearances, but he has been given his chance due to injuries in the England squad.

Carrick was stretchered off in the last minute of England’s 2-0 defeat to Spain on Friday and has returned to his club and will not be available for England’s final game of the year.

Meanwhile Vardy, who sat out the game in Alicante with a knock sustained in Leicester encounter with Watford last weekend, will also miss Tuesday’s match with France at Wembley.

England returned from Spain on Saturday and, following the tragic events in Paris on Friday night, it was decided that the meeting with France would go ahead.

As planned, Hodgson’s squad dispersed for 24 hours shortly after landing on home soil and will regroup at their Hertfordshire base on Sunday evening.

It will be Lingard’s first time with the senior squad, though the former Birmingham City and Brighton & Hove Albion loanee has played for England’s Under-21s and Under-17s.

He made his debut at U21 level as a substitute against Scotland when Hodgson took charge of the team in August 2013.

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