Louis van Gaal congratulates Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard after England call-up

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has been delighted to see Jesse Lingard’s rapid progression to the England set-up.

Lingard has enjoyed a run in the Man United first-team as of late, scoring in the 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion before the international break.

He was rewarded for his good form by England manager Roy Hodgson with a call-up to the national squad ahead of the friendly against France this week.

Although Lingard didn’t feature in the clash, van Gaal congratulated the 22-year-old.

“I am pleased but it is very fast. It is the circumstances also, but still I have congratulated him with his promotion so it is always fine to see how players are developing and because of that he is rewarded,” van Gaal said.

“When a player shows what he can do on a high level then he can do it also on the national team and now he has an experience to be in the selection of the national squad of England which is a different environment.”

Lingard will likely be called upon for the game against Watford this weekend as van Gaal contends with an injury crisis at United. The likes of Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, Marouane Fellaini and Antonio Valencia will all miss the fixture and van Gaal will be forced to put faith in youngsters such as Lingard once again. However, Lingard has shown in the past few weeks that he is more than capable of handling the pressure and he will no doubt impress against the Hornets.

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