Reports claim Gareth Southgate will wield the England axe today to prove West Ham United were right all along over Jesse Lingard.
According to the likes of The Daily Mail, Southgate will ruthlessly axe Man United bench warmer Lingard when he names his England squad for the November internationals later today.
West Ham star Declan Rice will be one of the first names on Southgate’s team sheet as usual.
And he could be joined in the Three Lions squad by Hammers teammate Jarrod Bowen if The Athletic are to be believed.
But they will not be meeting up with their former West Ham teammate Lingard according to the likes of The Daily Mail.
Gareth Southgate wields axe to prove West Ham were right all along over Jesse Lingard – report
Southgate’s decision proves West Ham and the club’s fans were right all along when they and David Moyes were at pains to tell Lingard he needed to join the east Londoners permanently to keep his England place.
Moyes admitted he knew very early on in the summer that a move for Lingard was a no-go after a conversation with Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Evening Standard).
Three months into the season and Lingard is exactly where West Ham fans predicted he would be – a bit-part player at Old Trafford and out of the England squad.
Some fans might feel Lingard’s reported omission opens the door for West Ham to make a fresh play for his signature in January.
It seems choosing not to sign for West Ham and instead remain in his Man United comfort zone has been a sliding doors moment for Lingard.
Ironically if Bowen gets into the squad and shines it could ultimately take Lingard’s attacking midfield spot in the national setup and spell the beginning of the end at international level for the soon-to-be 29-year-old.
As fans were quick to tell Lingard when the Hammers played Man United in the Premier League and Carabao Cup earlier in the season ‘You should have signed for the West Ham’.