By Manchester correspondent Alex Stevens
Jesse Lingard has been called up to the England squad despite starting only one Premier League match in his career.
The Manchester United winger has been drafted into Roy Hodgson’s squad for Tuesday’s friendly against France at Wembley.
The 22-year-old will join up with the senior team later today after United team-mate Michael Carrick and Leicester’s Jamie Vardy were forced out through injury.
Carrick was stretchered off in the last minute of England’s 2-0 defeat to Spain on Friday and has returned to his club. Sources have told Football Insider that the 34-year-old is expected to be sidelined for at least three months with ankle ligament damage.
It is Lingard’s first call-up for the senior squad, although the former Birmingham and Brighton loanee has played for England’s Under-21s and Under-17s.
With Hodgson running out of options due to a spate of injuries to English-qualified players, Lingard has been promoted just a week after scoring his first Premier League goal, which came in United’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace last weekend.
The winger was not even in the United squad at the start of the season but has started the team’s last two Champions League fixtures as well as the Palace match. In total, he has made just eight appearances for Louis van Gaal’s team.
England returned from Spain on Saturday and, following the tragic events in Paris on Friday night, it was decided that the meeting with France would go ahead.
As planned, Hodgson’s squad dispersed for 24 hours shortly after landing on home soil and will regroup at their Hertfordshire base on Sunday evening.