Jesse Lingard chosen in final England U21s squad for Euro 2015

by Leo Nieboer

Jesse Lingard has been included in the final 23 man squad for England’s upcoming Under-21 European Championship campaign.

The 22-year-old midfielder made his senior debut against Swansea at the start of the season but suffered a cruel injury which stopped him in his tracks.

After overcoming his injury, Lingard spent part of the season on loan at Derby County and although he didn’t get to experience promotion with them, it was an invaluable spell which ended up earning him a spot in Gareth Southgate’s final squad.

The tournament kicks off on 17 July with host nation Czech Republic taking on Denmark. England’s first game takes place against Portugal on 18 July.

Luke Shaw misses out after being told to rest by Louis van Gaal following a physically demanding season.

Playing in a tournament like this can be a springboard for increased involvement in the first-team next season. Performing well on such a big stage will be something Van Gaal takes notice of.

Take note of Danny Welbeck. A promising set of performances in the 2011 Euros led to him becoming a regular under Sir Alex Ferguson in the following season.

Lingard has an excellent opportunity to put themselves in the manager’s thoughts in time for the new campaign.


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