West Ham manager David Moyes has backed Jesse Lingard to resurrect his career with the Three Lions after he scored twice on his debut for the Hammers to ensure victory against Aston Villa at Villa Park on Wednesday night.
Lingard, 28, grabbed the brace before the watching eyes of England boss Gareth Southgate, as West Ham snatched all three points.
He joined the Hammers on loan from Man United last week and has not played for England since 2019 after losing his position in Southgate’s side due to poor form and lack of quality game time at Old Trafford under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
It can be recalled that he played a key role when England reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2018 as he played 6 out of 7 games. Therefore, Moyes believes he can force his way into the side ahead of the European Championships.
Meanwhile, West Ham are silently making a case for themselves for why they should be in the UEFA Champions League next season with decent performances., Hopefully, they’ll keep it up.
“If he keeps that form up then it might be Gareth coming knocking again,” he said.
“He will have his own ambitions and challenges to show people he is at a level and he showed a really good level, Ross Barkley is very much the same for Villa.
“There are a lot of people who are pushing hard to make the England squad for the Euros and why shouldn’t Jesse push if he’s in the form he is in tonight?
“If he keeps playing as well as he did he will do a brilliant job for West Ham and if he keeps going like that then he’ll get back into the England squad. I hope he can get back to that standard.”
Victory for the Hammers ensured that they remain fifth and are just two points behind defending champions Liverpool in fourth. The Reds lost 1 nil to Brighton and Hove Albion at Anfield on the same night.
Moyes added: “We have to go step-by-step, we are making a big step at the moment and the players we have got have improved no end.
“We are in a really good position. We are going to keep knocking on the door and see where we go.”