Jesse Lingard has the chance to “show me that I’m wrong” after being excluded from the England squad for Euro 2020 Gareth Southgate said.
Lingard was one of seven players withdrawn from the provisional squad, but the West Ham forward on loan will start Wednesday’s friendly against Austria.
This is one of two warm-ups for the Three Lions ahead of the tournament, with the other against Romania on Sunday.
Boss Southgate added that Lingard, 28, was a “reliable” member of the group.
Lingard has been through a rough patch at Manchester United over the past two years and has barely featured for the team this term, making two Carabao Cup games and the FA Cup third round.
He joined West Ham on loan for the remainder of the season in January where he showed his abilities, scoring nine goals in 18 games to help the Hammers qualify for the Europa League next season.
But his form in the second half of the season was not enough to convince Southgate of a place in the 26-man squad for the Euro, instead of being put on the waiting list.
Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White, Ben Godfrey, James Ward-Prowse and Ollie Watkins also failed to qualify, but may be called up if a player withdraws due to injury.
Southgate said: “Jesse has had a good spell with West Ham and he is someone who has played so well with England. We have complete confidence in the way he plays, he is reliable, a great member of the group.
“It will start tomorrow [Wednesday] because Sancho is ill and a lot of players are not available. He deserves this opportunity to show me right away that I’m wrong.
“We have to keep the game of the waiting players ready in case they come back to this team.
“They deserve it, their commitment to stay with the squad, the respect for their teammates to be here, shows what playing for England means for this squad of players.
“It’s important for the public to know this because sometimes people dismiss the importance of England caps and what it means for the players.”
Players from Chelsea and Manchester City who made it to the Champions League final will not be listed and those who played the Europa League final for Manchester United are unlikely to play either.
- England face Austria for the first time since November 2007, a friendly 1-0 victory thanks to Peter Crouch’s goal in Vienna.
- Austria last visited England for an away game in October 2005 in a World Cup qualifier, losing 1-0 at Old Trafford with a penalty of Frank Lampard.
- England’s last loss to Austria was in June 1979, losing 4-3 in Vienna in a friendly match led by Ron Greenwood. At home, England’s only loss in the previous six meetings came in October 1965 at Wembley, losing 3-2.
- England have won their last six friendlies, scoring 14 goals and conceding just one. They won seven consecutive friendlies between June 1985 and May 1986 under Sir Bobby Robson.
- Austria have won eight of their last 10 friendlies (L2), scoring at least twice in seven of those eight wins.
- This is only England’s second game at Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough, following their 2-1 victory over Slovakia in June 2003. Manager Gareth Southgate – then of Middlesbrough – played the full 90 minutes for the Three Lions That day.
- England striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored four goals in seven matches so far, including in friendlies against Wales and the Republic of Ireland. Calvert-Lewin has averaged one goal every 73 minutes during his England career, the best ratio of any player to play at least five games for the Three Lions since World War II.
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