Gareth Southgate explains why Lingard and Rashford were named in the England squad

by Tanveer Arayan

Interim England manager Gareth Southgate has named Manchester United pair Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford in his first squad.

Rashford was surprisingly excluded from Sam Allardyce’s first squad after impressing at Euro 2016 in France under Roy Hodgson.

He also went on to score a brilliant hat-trick for Southgate’s U21 side against Norway, while Lingard is yet to play a senior game for his country.

Speaking about the pair, Southgate explained why he included them in his team.

“There are obviously a couple of players that I’ve worked with in the U21s in Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard, who we think are exciting young players who we wanted to put in this squad,” he said.

“It’s obviously been a difficult week in a number of ways.

“However, we are in a position now where it’s important to get the squad named. I’m looking forward now to working with the players, because it’s important that we build on the performance and the result against Slovakia [a 1-0 victory].”

It’ll be a brilliant experience for both of them and Rashford will be hoping to get some good game time as Southgate is aware of his ability.

He has been backed by many to start against Malta and with Harry Kane currently injured, he could have a big role to play.

After sitting our for his first call-up against France last November, Lingard will be relishing the opportunity to finally prove himself.

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