Jesse Lingard explains role Gareth Southgate played in move to West Ham

Jesse Lingard has revealed how Gareth Southgate convinced him to join West Ham – and now he is ticking off his own list of targets.

Lingard spoke to England boss Southgate for advice when Manchester United made him available for loan in January with offers from the Premier League, Italy and France.

In-form Lingard has now rediscovered his form at West Ham, forced his way back into the England squad and has admitted he keeps his own check list of career targets to help keep him focused.

Lingard said: “There were a couple of teams in Spain, France and then, obviously, like I say, I had the conversation with Gareth and he was saying: ‘if I was you, I’d stay in the Premiership.’

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“He’s the first one to give me my England debut, which I’m proud of and I still kept in contact with him, even though I wasn’t playing just to get his advice on what I should do.

“Things happen off the pitch which obviously can affect your performances and when I went on loan to West Ham I had a lot of targets written down.

“Certain ones I’ve hit already and I will continue that for the rest of the season so it’s just about having the right mindset and right focus – coming to West Ham and trying to help out the team, trying to fight for Europe, and I also have individual targets as well.

Lingard will be hoping he can now nail down a place in Gareth Southgate's Euros squad
Lingard will be hoping he can now nail down a place in Gareth Southgate’s Euros squad

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“I’ve got a whiteboard in my apartment in London at the moment, so I’ve been doing that with my brother. I’ve been obviously analysing each game, seeing where I can improve, seeing where I can get better.

“I think there’s two ticks at the moment. I won’t reveal them yet but there’s a couple of ticks on there, yeah. Every game is a learning curve and you can always improve. I feel there’s more to come.”

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