Lingard is back in the England squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers after thriving since joining the Hammers on loan from Manchester United in January.
The 28-year-old is the third oldest outfield player in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the matches against San Marino, Albania and Poland but the most Premier League starts he has ever made in a single campaign is 20 – for Jose Mourinho’s United in 2017-18.
West Ham do not have an automatic option to buy Lingard in the summer and his future remains unresolved, but the attacking midfielder has already turned his attentions to playing a full campaign.
“Players are obviously used to playing full seasons and I don’t think I’ve ever played a proper full season before,” Lingard told Standard Sport.
“I still feel like I’m 25. A lot more players have played full seasons, I’ve not really. So I don’t feel like I’m at my peak yet. If I carry on this form, consistency and focus, we’ll see what the future holds. I’m happy at the moment, playing football with a smile on my face and that’s the main thing.
“When I went on loan, I had to start quick and I’m just playing my natural game at the moment. I’m comfortable. Now it’s just about keeping consistency – that’s what I’ve lacked sometimes over the years. It’s about focus, going into each game with the same mentality.
“I think I can go far. There’s a lot more to come, a lot more to learn but I’m excited to see what the future holds.”
In just seven appearances for his new club, Lingard has scored five goals, assisted three more and won two penalties, helping to maintain the Hammers’ unexpected push for Champions League football.
He revealed he had offers to join clubs in France and Spain during the transfer window but was advised to remain in the Premier League by England boss Southgate.
“It was about going out to Europe or staying in the Premier League and he said, ‘If I was you I would stay in the Premier League’,” Lingard said.
“So after that I had to find a Premier League side and obviously West Ham fit perfectly.
“I didn’t speak to him after the loan, it was just about me working hard for West Ham and trying to get the call-up.”
On joining the Hammers, Lingard revealed he wrote down a list of targets on a whiteboard in the London flat he shares with his brother and says he has already ticked-off two.
“I won’t reveal them yet though!” he said. “We wrote all the games down and I’ve got different little things like [number of] shots and takes on, things like that.
“Another board just full of inspirational quotes and things that can get that fire in my belly. I’ve come here with a really good mindset and a really good focus and concentration on what I need to do. I’ve been obviously analysing each game, seeing where I can improve, seeing where I can get better.
“There’s also words on the board, so I can look at them every day before I go to training and have a couple in my mind. It might be ‘pace’ or ‘intensity’, to name a couple. And intensity has been massive for me at West Ham. I start on the front foot, start intense and play the game quick.”
Lingard is in line for his first England appearance since the Nations League finals in July 2019 when Southgate’s side host San Marino at Wembley tomorrow night, before a trip to Albania on Sunday and the visit of Poland next Wednesday.
“It’s a great opportunity,” he said. “Obviously we’re thinking about the Euros but we’ve got three games now to go and get nine points out of, which is really possible.”