West Ham United fans believe that Jesse Lingard’s expected omission from the England squad could boost their chances of signing him permanently from Manchester United.
Gareth Southgate will confirm his final 26-man squad for this summer’s European Championship at 5pm today (Tuesday), with seven players being culled from the provisional 33-man squad.
With United star Mason Greenwood already pulling out so he can recover from an underlying injury he has struggled with since March, there looks set to be some more surprises with the other six players to be dropped.
It seems likely that Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold will miss out, while it was also being widely reported on Tuesday morning that Lingard will be left at home.
The forward fought his way back into the Three Lions set-up with some fine performances on loan at West Ham in the second half of the season.
In just 16 games at the London Stadium, Lingard scored nine goals and registered a further five assists as he helped fire the Hammers to Europa League qualification.
However, despite his rejuvenation in London, it would appear that the 28-year-old will lose out to the likes of Jack Grealish and Bukayo Saka in the squad.
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United and West Ham fans alike are gutted to see Lingard miss out, but Irons supporters believe it could actually increase the likelihood of seeing him return to the club this summer.
With no chance of Lingard increasing his own value after a great Euro 2020 and no tournament in the way to prevent negotiations over a possible transfer, they believe they may be able to get Lingard signed quicker and cheaper than if he had have been picked.
Fans aren’t alone in wanting Lingard back at West Ham next season, as manager David Moyes made it clear he wants to keep the player following the final game of the season.
“I hope Jesse’s here, we’d like to keep him, he’s done an exceptional job for us but there’s no guarantees, he’s not our player,” Moyes said. “But I hope Jesse realises we’ve been good for him as well, and that he joined a club on the up.”