Hodgson considers Lingard as Welbeck replacement

Date published: Wednesday 11th May 2016 11:09

Jesse Lingard: Late contender for England's Euro 2016 squad

Roy Hodgson is reportedly considering including Manchester United winger Jesse Lingard in England’s squad for the European Championship.

Hodgson was originally due to announce his squad on Thursday but has delayed it until Monday after Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck was ruled out of this summer’s tournament in France.

Andros Townsend and Theo Walcott are options to take Welbeck’s place, but the former has been playing for a struggling side in Newcastle, while Walcott has failed to start a Premier League game for Arsenal since February.

Lingard is therefore said to be under consideration, with Hodgson at West Ham on Tuesday night to watch him play the final seven minutes of United’s 3-2 defeat.

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Hodgson is also widely reported to giving serious consideration to the idea of naming only seven defenders – as opposed to the usual eight – in order to accommodate midfielders and five strikers.

It leaves Everton centre-back Phil Jagielka sweating on his place in the squad, but Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson is expected to make the cut, with Jurgen Klopp revealing he will “100% be fit”.

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