Lingard makes U21 debut
Jesse Lingard continued his summer of ascension on Tuesday by making his England Under-21s debut during a 6-0 thumping of Scotland at Bramall Lane.
Having impressed during Manchester United’s Tour 2013 presented by Aon, the Warrington-born youngster was handed his international bow by Roy Hodgson, who is temporarily taking charge of the young Lions following the dismissal of Stuart Pearce earlier this summer.
Lingard entered the action with the score at 6-0 and the game already won thanks to goals from Nathan Redmond, Raheem Sterling, Connor Wickham, Ross Barkley, Jonjo Shelvey and Tom Carroll. The Reds forward provided a set of dangerously fresh legs until the final whistle was blown.
Notably, fellow Reds fledgling Michael Keane played a full match at centre-back against the Scots, while Reserves captain Tom Thorpe also came off the bench to make a cameo after 71 minutes.
After the match, Hodgson spoke glowingly about his promising team: “I must say, it would be very surprising if people can watch that performance, see how many talented players we have and still bemoan the dearth of quality players in this country. It was a very nice victory.”