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O'Hara slams Southgate choosing Grealish, Phillips ahead of West Ham star Lingard

Former Tottenham and England Under-21 midfielder Jamie O'Hara has slammed Gareth Southgate for snubbing Jesse Lingard.

There was no room for Lingard in England coach Southgate's Euros squad, with the Manchester United playmaker one of the seven players cut from the 33-man preliminary selection despite his hugely impressive second half of the campaign on loan at West Ham.

"You've got Jesse Lingard who has dropped out of it and, in my opinion, he's the guy in form," O'Hara told talkSPORT.

"He wasn't playing at the start of the season and moved to West Ham in January and set it alight.

"He's in great form, he's fresh, he's fit. Jack Grealish is not fit, Jordan Henderson is not fit, Harry Maguire is not fit, Luke Shaw picked up an injury.

"You're talking about players who are not really fit but you have Jesse Lingard, who is 100 per cent fit, flying, wants to play, wants to be involved.

"Let's be real about this right now. Gareth Southgate has picked Jack Grealish because he's bottled not taking him."

Grealish isn't the only player who should have made way for Lingard in O'Hara's eyes, with the 34-year-old also questioning the decision to take Leeds stalwart Kalvin Phillips to the Euros.

He added: "Lingard should be in front of Kalvin Phillips. You have to take people who are going to make a difference.

"What does Kalvin Phillips do that Jude Bellingham, Declan Rice and Jordan Henderson can't do?"


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