Jesse Lingard has received further backing to be included in England’s final Euro squad after Trent Alexander-Arnold pulled out of the squad due to injury. The Liverpool full-back pulled up with an injury in the dying minutes of England’s 1-0 win over Austria.
Scans revealed a grade 2 muscle tear, which means that Gareth Southgate will name a replacement in the squad after England face Romania on Sunday.
Lingard started the game and impressed, despite playing the game thinking that he has no chance of featuring for England at the Euro’s.
But former England and Liverpool winger Stewart Downing thinks that Lingard should replace Alexander-Arnold in the squad.
“I personally would probably go with Jesse Lingard, I think his form going into the back end of the season, getting goals, has certainly lifted West Ham into the European spots,” Downing told Sky Sports. “I just think on form he deserves to go and I think he was very unlucky to be left out, to be honest.”
England will play Romania on Sunday and Gareth Southgate is expected to name a replacement for Alexander-Arnold after the game.
Lingard is one of the favourites to make the squad at the 11th hour but reports suggest that Southgate will also look to James Ward-Prowse, who has been touted as an able replacement for his set-piece ability.
Lingard’s experience with the national team at a major tournament won’t do his chances any harm, however.