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Irish Hammer 5:59 Tue May 25
Lingard & Rice England Squad Article
I’d be worried if Lingard does have a good tournament there’s not a chance of us affording him. I know I’m a Paddy, but with my West Ham hat on, I hope him and Rice have a mediocre tournament, and we get to keep both !

Am still up for England though ! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

England squad: Southgate gave West Ham a glowing reference for Jesse Lingard – now he can reap the reward

Roshane Thomas
There was a stage in the season where Jesse Lingard may well have started making preparations for his summer holiday with the intention of watching the Euros from afar, but following his loan spell at West Ham United he will now be plotting on being England’s wildcard.

The attacking midfielder and Declan Rice were named in Gareth Southgate’s expanded provisional England squad — and having scored nine goals and amassing four assists in 16 league matches, there is every chance Lingard will make the final cut come June 1.

One has to wonder whether the attacking midfielder had ever envisioned being in such a scenario. It was in late December when the 28-year-old canvassed the opinion of close friends and ruminated long and hard about where his career was going. He had yet to play in the Premier League for Manchester United — only making the bench for four of their first 20 games — and had a paltry return of 179 minutes in Carabao Cup fixtures against Luton and Brighton and a FA Cup third-round win over Watford.

Newcastle, Wolves and Marseille were interested in signing Lingard on loan, but it was David Moyes who convinced the attacking midfielder he could get him back to his tantalising best — while Southgate was happy to provide a glowing reference. Fast forward to May and the past three months have culminated in the rebirth of Lingard who certainly has West Ham to thank for getting him back in the England fold.

It is worth noting that Southgate handed the attacking midfielder his senior international debut, in his own first game in charge, in October 2016. But prior to Lingard’s arrival at the London Stadium, his last cap came in the penalty shoot-out win over Switzerland in the Nations League third-place play-off in June 2019. When the loanee was left out of that October’s European Championship qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, Southgate had a lengthy chat with Lingard about why he had been dropped.

It is no secret that Southgate has a soft spot for a player who could potentially play a key role this summer. The England manager was at Villa Park when Lingard scored twice on his debut in a 3-1 win over Aston Villa on February 3. Southgate spoke to the attacking midfielder and congratulated him on his performance.

The 3-0 win over Southampton could prove to be his last appearance for West Ham, with formal talks between them and Manchester United yet to take place. The Athletic understands that Manchester United could seek to use Lingard as part of any deal for Rice, or in a move for Harry Kane, who wants to leave Spurs.

But England have a rejuvenated player who will be keen to add to his 27 caps for the national team and whose dedication now extends to having hired a personal chef to make sure he is on the best diet. There was a stage in the season when Leicester City duo James Maddison and Harvey Barnes were ahead of Lingard in the pecking order, now the only stress Lingard has is choreographing his next dance move with fellow “Backstreet Moyes” member Rice, albeit on the international stage.

“He has done an exceptional job for us on loan and we will see where we go from there,” said Moyes. “I hope Jesse will also appreciate that West Ham has been good for Jesse. I think he was in a place where maybe there are not many other clubs where what he has done here would have happened for him.

“We have given him an opportunity and a platform. We had a group of players that were in good form going into January, Jesse helped us but he joined a group of players with momentum and a club that was doing well and on the up.”

It is refreshing to see two West Ham players in an England squad, while Rice finally has company for the long commute to St George’s Park. It could well have been three following Aaron Cresswell’s brilliant season, having registered eight assists — the most he has managed in a season. But, more importantly, England have a talented midfielder in Rice who will be hugely important given the injury doubts over Kalvin Phillip and Jordan Henderson.

First-team coach Kevin Nolan is of the opinion Rice will have a bigger role to play than Phil Foden, Mason Mount and Jack Grealish this summer, while in April Moyes described the midfielder as being as “possibly a future England captain” and it is only a matter of time before Rice shows he is worthy of that billing.

Rice reached out to Lingard before he completed his move to the club in January and went out of his way to make him feel settled. The last three months have only strengthened their bond — and you may have already seen the video of Lingard dancing to “Billie Jean”. The video has amassed almost five million views on Instagram and it was Rice behind the camera as Lingard’s hype man.

During the last international break, the England senior team travelled to Pennyhill Park Hotel following their 2-0 win over Albania. Fans had an opportunity to vote for their man of the match and staff allowed the vote to run overnight.

Rice won but Lingard posted on his Instagram story the midfielder posing for pictures with the award before the media team had announced it. Given the bromance between the pair, they saw the funny side of it.

It has not been often where West Ham supporters feel excited about watching England on the eve of a major tournament, which previously was due to lack of representation from players at their club. You would have to go as far back as the 2010 World Cup the last time two West Ham players, in Robert Green and Matt Upson, were named in the squad.

But 11 years later, history has repeated itself.

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ludo21 10:01 Wed May 26
Re: Lingard & Rice England Squad Article
Lingard will only feature from the bench and I can’t imagine he will get too much game time. Good luck to him though.

Crassus 12:14 Wed May 26
Re: Lingard & Rice England Squad Article
What I have seen of Bellingham suggests that he is the player that Pogba thinks he is
Box to box athlete, quick, mobile, strong in the tackle and even as a yoot, takes no shit, sent off recently for having some fucker up in the air for calling it on
Everything says he will be at the top table

WHUDeano 10:45 Tue May 25
Re: Lingard & Rice England Squad Article
I've only really watched West Ham for the last 18months, can't really comment on Bellingham, but it certainly sounds incredibly exciting to have Rice, Bellingham and Foden in the line up.

I'd actually say that Rice is gradually changing into a box-to-box player, he has mentioned in the past that he is studying videos of Viera, and I think it's really showing with his forward runs. He'll never be a 15+ a season player, but I could see him hitting 7-10 if he continues his development.

I wouldn't have Lingard in there though. He had 8-10 incredible performances, but the last 4 or 5 he was genuinely quite poor. Certainly no better than Bowen, Fornals or Benrahma. Southgate seems to adore him though, so I would wager he'll be in.

Vexed 8:48 Tue May 25
Re: Lingard & Rice England Squad Article
Bellingham looks like he's going to be ridiculous good. Obviously someone younger will come along and Southgate will play them instead but I'd like to see him get a run out in this tournament. Grealish has to be worth a place on the bench if he's in any sort of form. Sterling fucking aaaaht.

Crassus 8:43 Tue May 25
Re: Lingard & Rice England Squad Article

He should play Bellingham alongside Rice, and a playmaker in front
Thinking on, it would be Foden for me

Bellingham is a beast of a childs age, he is a superb player. And no, I have not studied him for years, I have seen enough to recognise the balance he Rice and Foden or perhaps Grealish offer - hugely exciting and with the potential to last for years

Almost without equal upon the global stage

Lee Trundle 6:53 Tue May 25
Re: Lingard & Rice England Squad Article

Lee Trundle 6:53 Tue May 25
Re: Lingard & Rice England Squad Article
Maybe 30 odd years ago, I'd be GUTTED. I was about Ince leaving.

But I've long accepted Rice will be leaving for a bigger club. I've posted before COVID hit that I reckon that he was going this summer. But obliviously things have changed.

Block 6:52 Tue May 25
Re: Lingard & Rice England Squad Article
Trundle is correct, Southgate will play either Rice and Henderson, or Rice and Phillips.

Which, is fucking mental. But again we're light in those central areas.

Vexed 6:51 Tue May 25
Re: Lingard & Rice England Squad Article
I don't think you play two holding mids in a game you need to win.

However your logic as ever is flawed. If Rice plays and does well we get more money when we sell him. Which is what I think we should do.

Then you'll be on here wailing about it which will amuse me. "Grrrrr GSB out!" says little Trundle. Ho ho.


Lee Trundle 6:47 Tue May 25
Re: Lingard & Rice England Squad Article
"You think Southgate will play Rice and Henderson?"

You mean like he has done before? And when Henderson has been injured, Rice has often been paired with another defensive midfielder like Phillips.

Prepare to be GUTTED.

Vexed 6:40 Tue May 25
Re: Lingard & Rice England Squad Article
You think Southgate will play Rice and Henderson? Southgate loves Henderson. Playing two non scoring midfielders would be a bit negative would it not?

Lee Trundle 6:34 Tue May 25
Re: Lingard & Rice England Squad Article
"I'm not sure either of them will get a game"

Rice will start every game, if he's fit and not suspended. Try not to be too GUTTED.

Vexed 6:32 Tue May 25
Re: Lingard & Rice England Squad Article
I'm not sure either of them will get a game. Southgate likes Henderson for that holding, cant shoot, pass sideways role and Lingard has got a host of quality players to compete against.


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