Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard has pulled out of the England squad through illness.
A poor start to the season meant the 26-year-old was a contentious selection for the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo.
Lingard missed training on the eve of Saturday’s Group A match against Bulgaria and was conspicuous by his omission from the 23-man England squad submitted to UEFA.
The Football Association later confirmed that the attacking midfielder will play no part for Gareth Southgate’s men during this international break due to illness.
A post on the England team’s Twitter account read: “#ThreeLions midfielder @JesseLingard has returned to his club through illness. Get well soon, Jesse!”
Lingard is the second player to withdraw from England’s initial 25-man squad after Manchester United team-mate Aaron Wan-Bissaka left on Tuesday due to a back issue.
Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access
Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription
Join now for unlimited access
Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
FourFourTwo was launched in 1994 on the back of a World Cup that England hadn’t even qualified for. It was an act of madness… but it somehow worked out. Our mission is to offer our intelligent, international audience access to the game’s biggest names, insightful analysis... and a bit of a giggle. We unashamedly love this game and we hope that our coverage reflects that.
Get the best features, fun and footballing frolics straight to your inbox every week.
Thank you for signing up to Four Four Two. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.