Jesse Lingard showed what he is capable of by leading England to a win over Andorra.
Lingard was making his first start for club or country in 2021/22.
After remaining at Manchester United in the transfer window, there is plenty of attention for club and player to jointly justify that decision.
A few clubs were linked with signing Lingard and chose not to pay up, and they may be having second thoughts after seeing his display.
Praise for Lingard
Lingard scored one goal in each half to inspire England to a 4-0 victory.
His first goal opened the scoring and his second he netted from outside the box. Harry Kane (penalty) and Bukayo Saka scored England’s other goals.
Lingard provided the assist for Saka’s late goal, ending his game with two goals and one assist.
WhoScored.com rated Lingard’s display as a perfect 10.0, the maximum score.
Match of the Day host Gary Lineker praised Lingard’s contribution to the England win.
Lingard marked his first goal with a twist on Cristiano Ronaldo’s celebration, doing his trademark jump and spin, while putting his fingers together to make his own ‘JLingz’ sign.
United’s number 14 seems to be playing with enjoyment and the spell on loan at West Ham did him good.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to give him chances because Lingard has shown consistently in 2021 that he is capable of making a difference.
His performance demonstrated why he should be United’s first alternative to Bruno Fernandes, and that Solskjaer should even mix up his selection a little more.
Getting the chance to play alongside Ronaldo will further inspire Lingard to lift his game and he will likely be feeling pretty pleased he stuck around.
Lingard’s United teammates Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw were both rested for the game.
England’s next match is against Poland on Wednesday, in which Maguire will be tasked with keeping Robert Lewandowski quiet.
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