By Will Butcher
Liverpool fans are shocked on Twitter after Manchester United winger Jesse Lingard was given his second England start against Slovenia.
Interim boss Gareth Southgate has decided to stick with the 23-year-old, who made his Three Lions debut on Saturday evening against Malta.
Lingard, who has had loan spells with the likes of Leicester and Derby during his career, has been in impressive form for Jose Mourinho’s side which led to his call up to the national side for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Southgate has opted to pick the versatile attacker ahead of the likes of Michail Antonio, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and teammate Marcus Rashford, as he looks to mastermind a third successive Group F win.
Liverpool fans are not impressed with the decision though, with many questioning what former Middlesbrough boss Southgate sees in Lingard.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
How is Lingard getting in ahead of Rashford? #LFC
— Jurgen Brodinho (@Brodinho) October 11, 2016
Struggling to see how Lingard is an England player? He's not even a United standard player ! #dogturd
— adam oldroyd (@jojowillsophia) October 11, 2016
Lingard and Walcott starting is just an extra reason not to watch England tonight
— Ben White (@benwhite_97) October 11, 2016
calm down people, Lingard's only starting for #England whilst 1st choices Sterling & Lallana are injured
— JY (@JuvenileJesse) October 11, 2016
Lingard over rashford? Not sure about that one
— h e v to the ro (@joehevro397) October 11, 2016
How's lingard getting any where near and England team he's champion standard at best
— callum middleton © (@callummiddleton) October 11, 2016
Why hasn't lingard been dropped https://t.co/BsCJhWUdUD
— Jon (@MagicalMatip) October 11, 2016
— Jamie (@KimboKopite) October 11, 2016
Lingard has shone for United this season despite making just five appearances in all competitions, and is another example of an England player making the national team after being developed in the England Under-21’s side.
A win for England against Slovenia will see them cement their place at the top of Group F. Southgate has also opted to drop Lingard’s teammate and captain Wayne Rooney, while Jordan Henderson replaces him as captain.
There is also a start for Reds striker Daniel Sturridge, who opened the scoring with a well-timed header against Malta on Saturday.
In other Liverpool news, this Liverpool star has described Henderson as a “great leader.”