Lingard has been granted the opportunity to start for England in its friendly match against Nigeria. Reuters/Carl Recine
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Gareth Southgate has revealed Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard will start for England in Saturday's friendly against Nigeria.With only two friendlies before England kick off their World Cup campaign in Russia, Lingard is battling with Tottenham's Dele Alli and Manchester City's Raheem Sterling to fill the roles as support for star striker Harry Kane.Lingard had an inconsistent season with United, but Southgate is a fan of the 25-year-old.England boss Southgate told a press conference Friday that Lingard will face Nigeria, insisting he hadn't made up his mind who will feature when his team face Tunisia in the World Cup opener on June 18 ."Jesse is a fantastic player at recognizing the space, working away from the ball, a great link between midfield and attack".Lingard took the opportunity to slam stories claiming he said he is more comfortable playing for England than United.
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