Manchester United youngster Jesse Lingard has spoken of his delight after scoring the winning goal in England U21s 1-0 win against Sweden in the European Championships.
Lingard started England’s opening loss against Portugal but he was relegated to the bench for the next fixture against Sweden, with Tottenham Hotspur’s Alex Prichard preferred instead.
However, the 22-year-old came off the substitute’s bench before hitting a sensational volley in the 85th minute that flew past keeper Patrik Carlgren.
Lingard was pleased with his strike and explained what went through his head the moment he sealed the three points.
Speaking after the game, Lingard said: “Sweden were looking for the draw and we needed the win. It was just lucky that we got the corner, it came out to me and because I was free on the edge and, as soon as I hit it, I knew it was in.
“You know in your head whether to shoot or pass, but I knew straight away to hit it. At first, I was going to go in the box but Nathan Redmond said to stay on the edge so I’ll give the assist to him.”
Lingard is still on the fringes of Man United’s first-team and will be looking to push on next term. The player will be keen to prove to Louis van Gaal that his injury troubles are behind him and that he deserves a spot in the starting XI.
However, with both Angel di Maria and now Memphis Depay occupying similar positions, Lingard has a fight on his hands to persuade van Gaal that he has a future at his boyhood club.