Jesse Lingard has missed out on a second chance for a place in the Euro 2020 squad.
After being omitted from Gareth Southgate’s original 26 when the initial squad was cut from 33, a spot opened up when Trent Alexander-Arnold suffered an injury.
The initial debate was whether Lingard or James Ward-Prowse would be selected. In the end it was neither, with Brighton defender Ben White getting the nod.
Lingard responded diplomatically with a message on social media saying he wished England the best and he would be supporting the team from home.
Lingard featured in two friendly matches this past week, playing 15 minutes against Romania at the weekend.
In the end it seems Harry Maguire’s injury ended up counting against Lingard, with England needing to select another centre-back.
Maguire is unlikely to be fit for England’s opener against Croatia, which highlights how little chance he really had of making the Europa League final for United.
The need for extra defensive depth meant Lingard was seen as a luxury by Southgate and he misses out.
The snub was unfortunate for Lingard, who featured for England at World Cup 2018.
He scored nine goals and provided four assists on loan at West Ham after leaving United in January, where he did not make a single Premier League appearance in the first half of the season.
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