Man Utd Star Jesse Lingard Admits He Feels ‘More Comfortable’ Playing For England

Ahead of the showpiece tournament, Lingard has revealed he feels more relaxed in a Three Lions kit and is hoping for big things this summer.

Lingard enjoyed his best season as a professional footballer to date this term, scoring 13 goals in 48 appearances for United.

The 25-year-old midfielder is set to star for England at the upcoming World Cup and could start in tomorrow’s Wembley friendly against Nigeria.

He told GQ: “I actually feel more comfortable when I play for England than United. Every game, you’ve got to play with no fear.

“It will be my first World Cup so I’ve got to enjoy every minute, whether I start or if I’ve got to make an impact from the bench.

“I actually feel more comfortable when I play for England than United”

“And I do think we will do well because of the team spirit we’ve got.”

United legend Paul Scholes recently praised Lingard for becoming more potent in front of goal this season.

Scholes said: “He’s added goals to his game.

“He was always a late developer Jesse Lingard, it was always going to take him a little bit more time to develop physically.

“But now he’s a great athlete. He’s quick and he can finish.

“This year he also had to win the manager over because I don’t think he fancied him. He’s become a big player.”

England face Nigeria at Wembley tomorrow and Costa Rica at Elland Road on Thursday before they travel to Russia.

Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate today confirmed that Lingard will start against Nigeria.

He also said the Red Devils forward is not in a straight fight for a first-team place with Tottenham’s Dele Alli.

“I don’t see it as a straight contest between any individual, absolutely they could play together,” he said.

“All of our attacking players have different attributes or strengths. Jesse is a fantastic player at recognising the space, working away from the ball, a great link between midfield and attack.”

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