Jesse Lingard has to start for England ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli, according to former-striker Ian Wright.
Though Alli’s reputation is larger than Lingard’s, the form of the latter in the last few months for both Manchester United and his country means he’s got to be ahead of Alli, according to Wright.
Lingard scored a sensational solo goal to seal a 4-2 win for Man United away from home against Watford in late November 2017, and has only increased in importance since.
Doubles against Arsenal at the Emirates and against Burnley to rescue a draw as well as winners or vital goals against West Brom, Everton, Derby County and Chelsea have left Lingard in a fantastic position ahead of this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.
“Yeah he is [ahead of Dele Alli],” Wright asserted, speaking about Lingard on ITV Sport.
“I think that Lingard’s been having a very good season.
“With all that’s been happening at Manchester United, he’s come in and when he’s started he’s done well.
“He’s trying to get forward, he’s trying to score goals, he done it the other day.
“He’s playing with a lot of confidence and rightly so.”
Jose Mourinho trusts Lingard hugely, and now so does Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate, too.
He has performed in the big game and does so consistently, despite receiving a lot of hate for his social media activity.
“He should be in there in front of Dele, unfortunately for Dele at the moment it’s not quite going well for him,” Wright continued.
“He came on the other day and seemed to lose the ball a bit too often for me.
“I think he needs to get his confidence going but I think this is the kind of push that he needs.”