Jesse Lingard‘s performance for England vs Sweden in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.Manchester United fans were absolutely delighted with
Not too much expectations were placed on the Three Lions this tournament but a relatively easy route to the final has opened up the possibility of the impossible happening.
Lingard is perhaps the embodiment of his nation’s playing style, attitude and underdog status that has so far seen them go beyond initial expectations.
The clash against Sweden was predicted to be a tough one but England dealt with the match with relative ease, cruising through with a 2-0 win.
Jesse was at the heart of much of his side’s good play and provided the assist to Tottenham’s Dele Alli for the crucial second goal that helped them see out the match.
Apart from the player himself, a lot of the credit for Lingard’s development should go to United boss Jose Mourinho for giving him the opportunity to express himself.
His purple patch of form for his club was the key reason why he was even handed an international cap by Gareth Southgate and his performances for his country are why he’s not just involved in the set-up but is at the core of it all.
England reached the World Cup semi-final for the first time since Italia 90 as Harry Maguire and Dele Alli struck either side of the interval to beat Sweden in Samara.
Gareth Southgate’s side will now face Croatia in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday after overcoming a stubborn Sweden challenge in this quarter-final, with help from a magnificent display by goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
Maguire, outstanding once more, broke the deadlock on the half-hour when another England set-piece bore fruit – Leicester City’s powerful defender flashing a header past Sweden keeper Robin Olsen from Ashley Young’s corner.
Everton keeper Pickford then snuffed out Sweden’s hopes of recovery with a superb save from Marcus Berg, before England sealed their victory after 58 minutes when Alli headed in Jesse Lingard’s cross at the far post.
Pickford denied Viktor Claesson and then Berg one more time to secure his first World Cup clean sheet as England closed out this landmark win with something to spare.
Southgate and his England players repeated the scenes from the dramatic penalty shootout win over Colombia as they celebrated in front of joyous supporters at the final whistle – one step closer to history and with expectation levels raised once more as they stand one game away from football’s greatest occasion.
MORE ON ASHLEY YOUNG
Born and raised in Hertfordshire, Young started his career at Watford, making his first senior appearances in 2003 under the management of Ray Lewington. He became a first-team regular in 2004–05, and was one of Watford’s key players in their promotion winning 2005–06 season. Young continued to play well for Watford in the Premier League, and in January 2007 he transferred to Aston Villa for an £8 million fee, rising to £9.65 million with add-ons. He established himself in the first team at Villa Park and won the PFA Young Player of the Year award in 2009. On 23 June 2011, Young signed for Manchester United for an undisclosed fee. He has gone on to win every trophy available in English football, winning the FA Community Shield in 2011, the Premier League in 2013, the FA Cup in 2016 and theEFL Cup in 2017. In May 2017, he won European silverware as part of the United squad that lifted the UEFA Europa League.