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Will Lingard be England’s talisman in Russia?

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Lingard Tweeted that it was “an honour” to score his first England goal on his ninth international appearance, to condemn the Dutch to a loss.

Gareth Southgate was satisfied to see the talented Manchester United player, carry on his immaculate club form, to the international stage.

It was certainly a pleasure for England manager Southgate to see Manchester United’s talented 25-year-old transfer the form that has illuminated parts of the season at Old Trafford on to the international stage.

The finish, just before the hour, had all the attributes that have brought him 13 league goals, in the season so far.

He was involved in the build-up, made a positive run to the edge of the area and took full advantage of a favorable deflection that sent the ball spinning towards him to beat the Dutch custodian.

Zoet should have done better but that will not impact on Southgate’s pleasure at what Lingard could offer in Russia.

This was a display, and goal, that put Lingard on the steps of the plane for Russia because, for all the attacking talent England has at their disposal in players such as Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling and Jamie Vardy, the team still relies far too heavily on the currently injured Harry Kane.

Kane, before this fixture, has scored seven of England’s previous 14 goals and their results coming into this game had been two goalless draws against Germany and Brazil.

It was in this very game that ended with Leicester striker, Jamie Vardy, play 25 minutes without having a touch of the ball. These are some of the areas that that Southgate will have to into while he is crafting his final squad for Russia.

 

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