Jesse Lingard has had a pretty interesting start to his international career.
The Manchester United starlet has been given his first senior call-ups after an impressive few months for his club, which of course included scoring the winner in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace in May.
Lingard is yet to make much of a positive impact, one of many Three Lions players who struggled in Tuesday night’s disappointing 0-0 draw in Slovenia.
In fact, his most notable moment came when his team-mates became embroiled in a brawl after Aljaz Struna appeared to grab Marcus Rashford’s neck.
It’s understandable that United and England players are protective of Rashford, who is still just 18-years-old.
However, interim boss Gareth Southgate was clearly unimpressed by Lingard’s honourable actions of standing up for the youngster and warned him he needs to cut such aspects out of his game.
“I’m told he reacted to someone raising their hands at Marcus. That’s something he’s got to cut out,” Southgate said, as per the Independent.
“There’s a danger you get a red card in this sort of game when there’s inconsistency in a lot of the decisions. There’s even more of a risk.”