Matthew Upson shares something he noticed with West Ham ace Jesse Lingard last night
West Ham United on-loan forward Jesse Lingard delivered a “high energy” display for England last night and “you could tell” he was desperate for a goal, according to BBC Sport pundit Matthew Upson.
Lingard joined the Hammers on loan from Manchester United in the January transfer window and he hit the ground running at the London Stadium, culminating in a recall to Gareth Southgate’s setup.
In just seven appearances for West Ham, all in the Premier League, Lingard has scored five goals and registered three assists, promptly being rewarded with a call-up to the England squad for their opening World Cup qualifiers.
The 28-year-old started for the Three Lions against San Marino and registered an assist, sliding the ball across goal for Dominic Calvert-Lewin to tap into an empty net en route to a 5-0 victory.
In addition, Lingard’s movement and drive were impressive, and he was bright in the final third throughout the game.
“I loved to see the way that Jesse Lingard approached the game,” Upson told BBC Sport (22:04). “He did it in the right manner. He was high energy.
“You could tell he was desperate for a goal and it followed on with how he has been playing for West Ham and his resurgence since leaving Manchester United on loan.”
Lingard has been sensational since arriving at West Ham and is proving a key player in the club’s pursuit of Champions League football.
It was great to see him put a good performance in his first game back in the England fold and hopefully he’ll continue shining during the international break and boost his confidence even further ahead of returning to the Hammers.
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