Former Arsenal and Crystal Palace Ian Wright has revealed that he was ‘devastated’ for Jesse Lingard after it was revealed that the midfielder would not be a part of England’s Euro 2020 squad.
Jesse Lingard can count himself unlucky after an astonishing revival of his career at West Ham this season, scoring 9 goals and assisting a further 4 since joining the Hammers on loan late in January.
“Yeah it’s very tough for Jesse,” he says, as per The Mirror. “I think what he’s been through, considering he’s in the squad after the past year, I think it’s devastating for me. He’s got to play a game knowing he’s not going.”
Ian Wright has been a big advocate of mental health himself and will have known what Lingard has been through. The March internationals saw Lingard deservedly earn a call-up to the squad for the first time since 2019 and he was initially included in Gareth Southgate’s 33-man squad but has been left out at the 11th hour.
The late omission means that it’s a summer of uncertainty for Lingard now. It is expected that he will hold talks with Ole Gunnar Solskjær before making a decision on his future, but West Ham and a host of other clubs are reportedly interested in signing him.