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Jesse Lingard praised for strong performance in England U21s defeat to Portugal

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard impressed during England’s opening European U21s Championship defeat to Portugal.

The 22-year-old started on the left wing for Gareth Southgate’s men after an injury to Saido Berahino and was arguably England’s most lively player.

Lingard played 73 minutes before being replaced by Danny Ings but created three goalscoring opportunities, more than any of his teammates.

England U21s manager Gareth Southgate spoke after the game about Lingard’s performance.

“I thought Jesse had some really exciting moments and looked a threat,” he said.

“I don’t think there is any disgrace at all in our performance. The lads are disappointed to have lost. I think a draw would have been a fair result.”

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Lingard, who started United’s home opener against Swansea last season, signed a new three-year contract at United in February before spending the remainder of the season on loan at Derby County.

Having caught the eye in the past two pre-season campaigns, Lingard may be looking to do the same this year, rather than look for a move elsewhere.

Despite being linked with another loan move away from United, the midfielder will be determined to impress Louis van Gaal during this year’s tour of America.

With Van Gaal stating that he will be giving youngsters a chance on this season’s tour, it may be the perfect opportunity for Lingard to play his way back into the manager’s thinking.

 

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