Simon Jordan told talkSPORT on Tuesday morning that recent West Ham star, Jesse Lingard, hasn’t earned the right to be named in England’s final 26-man squad for Euro 2020.
The Athletic have claimed that the Manchester United academy product, who scored goals for fun at West Ham this season, is set to be axed.
Gareth Southgate has seven names to rub off his list, with Mason Greenwood making matters that bit easier for him after he had to pull out because of injury.
And even though Lingard has been one of the best players in the Premier League since swapping Man United for West Ham in January, ex-Palace chairman, Jordan, doesn’t think he deserves to be picked, which won’t sit well with those who now adore him in East London.
“Southgate will have a style of play and whether he thinks Lingard naturally sits in that style of play is for him to decide,” said Jordan.
“We are in this area where we hoist him by his own petard where he picks players on form. But he doesn’t. He picks players on relationships and form. There are two components.
“Lingard has done well at the back end of the season. There are a variety of West Ham players that could have found themselves unlucky not to be included in the squad. Not least, Michail Antonio.
“Listen, Lingard has earned the right to be in the 33, but I don’t think he’s earned the right to be in the ultimate 26.”
Lingard has the experience – he was part of Southgate’s squad when they reached the World Cup semi-finals in Russia.
But for the majority of the time since then, his form fell down a cliff, only for him to rescue it at the final hurdle in January.
And even though Lingard danced his way into form and guided the Hammers into Europe, it’s perhaps too late because of the quality ahead of him.
If Lingard isn’t selected then it’s because the likes of Jack Grealish, Mason Mount and Phil Foden are ahead of him.
Either way, it would be a big call from Southgate to leave him out.