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‘I’m misunderstood’ – Jesse Lingard opens up on England ambitions and Southgate’s management!

Jesse Lingard backs himself to make the England squad once again. After a series of disappointing seasons, he rediscovered his spark at West Ham on loan. He now hopes to find that again at Nottingham Forrest. 

Lingard on England Squad:

Lingard hopes Gareth Southgate remains as England manager as he credits him for his excellent man-management skills. His last appearance for the England national team was in 2021 against Andorra. He hopes to make his way back into the squad.

Lingard has told The Athletic: “I would definitely hope to get back in there (the England squad). All I can do is perform well at Forest and hope I can do enough to get that call-up. I am positive. The last few results you could see that I am enjoying it; that I am playing with confidence.”

Change is being mooted inside the England camp, but Lingard added when asked if Gareth Southgate remains the best manager to take the team forward: “I would definitely like to see him carry on. His man-management is great. He wants to understand you as a person; he wants to get to know your family and understand them.”

“The World Cup I was involved in was so family-orientated. You got to see your family on a regular basis. He has it in his power to make you, as a player, feel comfortable. He has experience and he has a knack of making you better. I would love to see him stay on.”

He added: “Am I misunderstood? Yes, sometimes. But I love training. I love football. I love games. I always want to work hard. That is how you get the best out of me, when I work hard. There might be a tackle that lifts the crowd or just a moment that makes the crowd sit up and think, ‘He is on it today’. 

“You need that intensity. I love winning. I could stay on the training ground all day. But the hard work side of things should be pretty normal for any professional, shouldn’t it? I can be misunderstood at times. But I will just carry on. I will do what I do and not listen to the noise.”

Jesse Lingard will hope to grab the headlines once again as the Premier League resumes 26th December.

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