World Cup 2018: Jesse Lingard ‘more comfortable’ playing for England than Manchester United


World Cup 2018: Jesse Lingard 'more comfortable' playing for England than Manchester United

Lingard and his England team-mates are preparing for pre-World Cup friendlies

Jesse Lingard says he feels ‘more comfortable’ in an England shirt than he does playing for his club Manchester United

The midfielder enjoyed something of a breakthrough season at Old Trafford, scoring 13 goals in 48 games for the Red Devils. 

Many expect him to play a pivotal role for the Three Lions in Russia this summer after he impressed in friendlies earlier this year. 

And the 25-year-old admitted he prefers playing for the national team than Jose Mourinho’s side.

He told GQ magazine: “I actually feel more comfortable when I play for England than United. Every game, you’ve got to play with no fear.”

Lingard will be embarking on his first major international tournament and is confident England can reach the latter stages. 

“It’s one of the pinnacles of your career as a player and it will be my first World Cup so I’ve got to enjoy every minute, whether I start or if I’ve got to make an impact from the bench,” he added.

“And I do think we will do well because of the team spirit we’ve got.”

With the World Cup fast approaching, England face two final warm-up games against Nigeria and Costa Rica before the tournament opener against Tunisia on June 18th.

talkSPORT will be live at Wembley on Saturday to bring you commentary of the Nigeria friendly, 17:15 kick-off. 

talkSPORT is your home of the 2018 World Cup. Tune in all throughout the summer to hear live commentary of every game, and visit talkSPORT.com for expert views and analysis of the big games and key moments from Russia.



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