Former Manchester United winger Jesse Lingard has revealed that England manager Gareth Southgate told him to join West Ham on loan.
failed to nail down a first-team regular under
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
and did not feature in a single match for the Red Devils in the 2020-21 season before he joinedWest Ham
on loan in January.
The winger has been an instant hit for
’ side and has five goals and two assists to his name in his first seven Premier League matches to help the Hammers in their bid for a top-four finish.
His latest form has earned him a recall to the England team for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against
Lingard could have joined other clubs in Europe, but reveals that Southgate advised him to stay in the Premier League.
“He’s shown a lot of support and belief in me, he gave me my England debut, which I’m proud of,”
“I still kept in contact with him even though I wasn’t playing, just to get his advice on what I should do.
“It was just about the right move, whether it was going out to Europe or staying in the Premier League.
“He said, ‘If I was you, I would stay in the Premier League’. After that, it was about finding a Premier League side and West Ham fitted in perfectly.”