Jesse Lingard says he will focus his attention on ending the season strongly for Manchester United and hope that is enough to secure a place in England’s World Cup squad.
The midfielder scored his first international goal in last week’s 1-0 win over the Netherlands in Amsterdam, something he is proud to have achieved.
He also impressed in the midweek 1-1 draw with Italy at Wembley, ensuring he’s given Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate some food for thought ahead of the tournament in Russia this summer.
The 25-year-old has earned ten caps for England so far and he’s delighted with the latest developments on the international front.
Manchester United are chasing second spot in the Premier League this season while Jose Mourinho’s men have an FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham at Wembley to look forward to next month.
Lingard has vowed to focus on a strong finish to the season with his club and see how far that can take him.
“I have had to work hard to get in the starting XI for England. Now all I can do is carry on, work harder and see where it gets me,” he told BBC Sport.
“Playing for England is always a big honour anyway and to score my first goal was amazing. It is a massive moment in my career.”
“We have a lot of games to go for Manchester United and that is the most important thing at the moment,” he added. “I have to do my job here and then see what happens.”
Man United are 1.25 to beat Swansea this weekend, while the Red Devils are 3.50 to win the FA Cup this season.