Jesse Lingard admits to feeling ‘more comfortable’ playing for England than Manchester United as he gears up for first major international tournament
- Jesse Lingard is ‘more comfortable’ playing for England than Manchester United
- The midfielder is preparing to go to Russia as part of Gareth Southgate’s squad
- He is expected to play a crucial role for England at this summer’s tournament
- Lingard is coming off the back of his best season at Old Trafford with 13 goals
Jesse Lingard has revealed he feels ‘more comfortable’ playing for England than he does for club Manchester United.
The midfielder is currently preparing to travel to Russia as part of Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions World Cup squad.
He is expected to play a crucial role for England this summer, coming off the back of his best season at Old Trafford that saw him score 13 goals in 48 games.
Jesse Lingard ‘feels more comfortable’ playing for England than for Manchester United
However, Lingard has admitted he feels much more at ease in the white of England than under Jose Mourinho.
‘I actually feel more comfortable when I play for England than United. Every game, you’ve got to play with no fear,’ Lingard told GQ Magazine.
England face Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in the group stage of the tournament and Lingard believes they’ve got the potential to reach the latter stages.
‘It’s one of the pinnacles of your career as a player and it will be my first World Cup so I’ve got to enjoy every minute, whether I start or if I’ve got to make an impact from the bench,’ he said.
‘And I do think we will do well because of the team spirit we’ve got.’
The midfielder is currently preparing to travel to Russia as part of Gareth Southgate’s squad
Lingard believes this England team has got the potential to go deep into the tournament
Lingard and his England team-mates are preparing for their two final pre-World Cup warm-up games against Nigeria and Costa Rica.
Southgate’s squad have just under three weeks before their opening World Cup game against Tunisia on June 18. They then face Panama on June 24 before their final group game against Belgium on June 28.
The final members of the squad are expected to link up with the rest later this week with Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold still resting following their exploits in the Champions League final with Liverpool.
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