Jesse Lingard: Man Utd midfielder targets 2022 World Cup spot to make up for Euros omission

Man Utd midfielder Jesse Lingard missed out on a place in England's squad at Euro 2020, despite form on loan at West Ham; the 28-year-old is aiming to secure a regular spot in United's side before setting sights on next year's World Cup; Watch free England highlights with Sky Sports

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Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard says he had to move on quickly after his Euro 2020 omission for England, but admits it drives him on to keep pushing for his place in the squad

Jesse Lingard insists missing out on a place at Euro 2020 is driving him to earn a spot in Gareth Southgate's England squad at the World Cup.

The 28-year-old appeared destined to be nowhere near Southgate's consideration for a place in his squad last summer, only to shine on a loan spell at West Ham to bring himself into contention.

The Manchester United player ultimately missed the cut but was recalled for the September internationals - scoring twice in the 4-0 World Cup qualifying win over Andorra at Wembley.

He has been retained in the squad for the upcoming games away to Andorra and at home to Hungary despite struggling for minutes at United.

PA - Jesse Lingard and Raheem Sterling
Image: Jesse Lingard has retained his place in the England squad following September's international break

Lingard will now have ambitions of breaking into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side before earning a spot at the 2022 World Cup and not face the same disappointment as last summer.

"Yes, it gives you more hunger and motivation to be playing in the biggest of tournaments and games," he replied when asked if missing out on England's run to the final of Euro 2020 drove him on.

"It's always hard. Considering where I was for a period of time, not playing as much and not in the England squad, to get into the 33-man squad shows what you can do with hard work and belief.

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"I was disappointed to miss out but I was still there supporting the boys through thick and thin. They had a great chance after getting into the final but we have to move on quickly and prepare for the new season.

"I've been with England for many years and I've seen camps change over the years but at the moment I think the camps I've been at now are one of the best.

"The togetherness and the team spirit, Gareth's really got us set up right. The games we're going into, there's real confidence and we're trying to obviously get through the qualifiers."

PA - Jadon Sancho at England training
Image: Lingard's club team-mate Jadon Sancho was left out by England manager Gareth Southgate

While Lingard has been largely sidelined at United this season, his new club-mate Jadon Sancho has failed to hit the ground running since moving to Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund this summer.

The 21-year-old was racially abused on social media after missing a penalty in the Euro 2020 final shoot-out defeat to Italy.

Southgate admitted last week that Sancho's form since joining United was not worthy of an England call-up but that he wanted to show continued belief in the winger.

"I think it's going to take some time to adapt," Lingard said of Sancho.

"Jadon's been around long enough, he knows football inside out and the PL can be tough. He's adapting. We've seen glimpses. He's only going to get better. We have full confidence and hope in Jadon to succeed."

Lingard: I'm learning so much from Ronaldo

While Sancho has struggled to make an impact, Cristiano Ronaldo's return has had an immediate influence on the Red Devils.

"He's been brilliant," added Lingard.

"He's brought so much to the team. The leadership factor, he wants to win in training, he wants to win in games and he wants to win trophies, which is the main thing. He's great to be around to watch what he does.

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Lingard says Cristiano Ronaldo has brought leadership to Manchester United and says his arrival at Old Trafford has been 'perfect'

"You can learn so many things from him. He's one of the best players in the world. To have him back home is perfect for us at the moment.

"He's really humble. He's a positive person. To be learning different things off the field as well as on it has been really good. I think he can really help out the team this season."

How to follow England's World Cup Qualifiers

Follow Andorra vs England on Saturday October 9 (kick-off 7.45pm) with our live blog, and watch free match highlights on the Sky Sports website and app from 11pm.

England then take on Hungary on Tuesday October 12 (kick-off 7.45pm), with free match highlights also available from 11pm.

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