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Man Utd midfielder Lingard says Greenwood ready for England

Manchester United and England midfielder Jesse Lingard has called on Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate to give his United teammate Mason Greenwood a call-up following his impressive run of form.

The 18-year-old has broken into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's starting line-up this term, scoring 10 Premier League goals from 30 appearances.

Already capped at age group level, Greenwood is certainly a player that should be on Southgate's radar and Lingard said he felt he had done enough to earn his first cap.

"Mason Greenwood has been brilliant ever since he started training with the first team and he has done exceptionally well," the 27-year-old said at a media event attended by Tribalfootball.com.

"Even though he is so young he has taken the reigns and brought goals and assists and he has been a really good addition to the team. He has been banging goals in since he has been very young and the manager has seen that and put him in the first team. For him it is about working hard, keep practising, staying humble and keeping his feet on the ground, but I think he will do that, he has always been humble, but he also has great confidence."

Lingard has made just two appearances for England since 2018, but he feels Greenwood has what it takes to impress on the international stages.

Asked whether he deserved a call-up, Lingard said: "I think so. Obviously the way he is playing at the moment, helping the team and scoring goals and if he keeps doing that I am sure the call will come soon."

Greenwood has made just 50 senior appearances to date, but has managed to force his way into a competitive United front line, with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Daniel James all aiming to start.


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