Jesse Lingard believes Mason Greenwood should expect an England call-up ‘soon’ and says his Manchester United team-mate has done ‘exceptionally well’ this season.
The 18-year-old has had an exciting breakthrough season for the Red Devils in which he has scored 19 goals in all competitions.
Greenwood has repaid the faith shown to him by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his form has led for calls for him to be included in Gareth Southgate’s next Three Lions squad.
Asked if Greenwood deserves the call-up to the national stage, Lingard told Tribal Football: ‘I think so.
‘Obviously the way he is playing at the moment, helping the team and scoring goals and if he keeps doing that I am sure the call will come soon.’
Greenwood’s impressive goalscoring record this season betters the record of United legends Wayne Rooney and George Best at that age.
The starlet has been a key reason for United’s resurgence in form this season after a tricky start and is now an important part of Solskjaer’s new-look side.
Lingard spoke of how impressive the academy graduate has been since making the step up to the senior team and backed him to continue his development in seasons to come.
‘Mason Greenwood has been brilliant ever since he started training with the first team and he has done exceptionally well’, Lingard added.
‘Even though he is so young he has taken the reins and brought goals and assists and he has been a really good addition to the team.
Lingard himself has 24 England caps to date but has struggled for form this season and has been left out of Southgate’s most recent squads.
Greenwood has already been capped at under-17, 18 and 21 levels for England.