Jesse Lingard has just made comments that will be music to the West Ham fans’ ears.
The 28-year-old Manchester United ace spent four glorious months on loan with the Hammers last season.
And Jesse was a huge hit at the London Stadium.
Lingard bagged nine goals and four assists in just 16 Premier League games for West Ham.
The England international returned to Old Trafford in the summer to try and force his way back into the Manchester United team under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, however.
He has struggled to establish himself as a regular starter for Man United though.
Jesse Lingard World Cup comments will be music to West Ham fans’ ears
The 28-year-old has spoken to Sky Sports and admitted that he needs to play regular football if he is to have any chance whatsoever of being part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the 2022 World Cup.
“Obviously, the World Cup is a long way away but you need regular football. I was so close to going to the Euros and I think it plays a huge part and it’s a big factor. If you’re playing over 20 or 25 games, you know you’re knocking on the door. I’m not doing any harm at the moment – if I keep performing well you never know what might happen so I keep confident in myself and when I get time on the pitch I’ve got to carry on doing what I’m doing. You want to start games. When I’m a sub I’m always ready to play. It’s one of those things I’m going through at the moment but I think on recent performances hopefully we’ll see a change in the next few weeks.”
Lingard is clearly suggesting that he may be forced to move away from Manchester United if things don’t change.
With the like of Ronaldo, Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bruno Fernandes competing for places with the 28-year-old, he may well have his work cut-out.
Lingard was on fire for West Ham:
And if Lingard does want to move away from Old Trafford in January, he will be more than welcome back at West Ham.