Jesse Lingard will be left out of England’s Euro 2020 squad, according to a new report from The Athletic.
It’s claimed that Lingard will be one of the players to miss out when Gareth Southgate drops his Euro 2020 squad from 33 to 25.
Mason Greenwood has already pulled out, so that’s one difficult decision taken out of Southgate’s hands, but Lingard looks to be one of the odd men out.
Lingard barely kicked a ball in the first half of the season, and few would have even predicted in January that he would be in a provisional England squad.
However, his loan spell to West Ham completely changed his fortunes, bagging nine goals and four assists in just 16 games for the Hammers.
Everything did begin to dry up a little for Lingard towards the end of the season though, with his only goal in the final seven games coming from the penalty spot.
The 28-year-old hasn’t done quite enough to make it into Southgate’s squad, despite him trusting the midfielder off the back of his performances at the 2018 World Cup.
Given that James Ward-Prowse is also set to miss out, it looks like Southgate will be picking from Declan Rice, Jordan Henderson, Jude Bellingham, Kalvin Phillips, Mason Mount and Phil Foden in midfield.
Even in a 26-man squad, Lingard hasn’t quite made the cut – and he will now have to think very carefully about his next move, and which club will give him the best chance of sneaking back in.