Jesse Lingard considered for senior England call-up by Sam Allardyce

by Leo Nieboer

Jesse Lingard is being considered for an England call-up by Sam Allardyce, according to reports.

The 23-year-old received his first international call-up back in November 2015 for a friendly against France, but failed to secure any game time under Roy Hodgson.

Lingard experienced a breakthrough campaign last season under Louis van Gaal, hallmarked, of course, by his winning goal in the FA Cup final.

And following a superb performance in Manchester United’s 4-1 win over Leicester City, the Englishman could, according to the Independent‘s Mark Ogden, receive another call up for World Cup qualifiers with Malta and Slovenia in early October.

A frustrating injury, followed by a woeful performance on his return against Manchester City, acted as potential early signs of Lingard’s decline – a case of ‘second season syndrome’, perhaps.

Any signs of regression, however, were emphatically brushed to one side against Leicester. The 23-year-old – a shaky presence against Man City – was at his sprightly, effervescent best on Saturday, constantly charging into space as Claudio Ranieri’s side struggled to live with United’s brutally quick tempo.

Lingard would inject life into a currently benign Allardyce side with his energetic, disciplined approach in attack, bolstering the fortunes of Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy through his aptitude for generating space going forward.

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