Monday 19 November 2018

England 'revolution'

England's Jesse Lingard. Photo: PA
England's Jesse Lingard. Photo: PA

Jesse Lingard is enjoying Gareth Southgate's "new revolution" and vowed that England will retain their fearless approach amid increasing pressure.

Lingard cannot wait for tomorrow's match and believes a bright future lies ahead under Southgate, who gave the attacking midfielder his debut on his first match in charge of the England team.

"It feels like a new revolution," the attacking midfielder said. "The manager has come in with great ideas and a great idea of how he wants us to play.

"The formation suits us perfectly and as a group of lads. It's a youthful squad, but we've still got experienced players in there and the team spirit is amazing at the moment - everyone has come together and is really bonding.

"We're excited, we're enjoying the World Cup and we have just got to keep going now."

However, excitement goes hand in hand with tension at this juncture, with England teams of the past failing to cope with mounting pressure.

"We don't need to change too much," Lingard, playing at his first senior tournament, added.

Irish Independent

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