Jesse Lingard.

Jesse Lingard produced an awful 17 seconds during England vs Slovenia

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England looked worryingly toothless in attack against Slovenia on Thursday night.

Harry Kane, who can't stop scoring for Tottenham at the moment, rarely tested Jan Oblak, while Marcus Rashford started brightly but faded as the match progressed.

As for Raheem Sterling and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - well, they were absolutely terrible.

Gareth Southgate made the unusual decision to deploy Sterling in the No.10 role and it's safe to say he won't make that mistake again.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, on the other hand, lasted just 64 minutes at Wembley having made very little impact throughout his stint.

England will face tougher opponents at next year's World Cup in Russia and must be more potent going forward to have any chance of progressing far in the competition.

What the Three Lions also need are better options from the bench. With the scoreline at 0-0 last night, Southgate's solution was none other than Jesse Lingard.

Lingard has scored only once for Manchester United this season, in the Carabao Cup, and managed just three goals in all competitions last term.

His inclusion in the England squad confused many, although it's being suggested he was one of the players Southgate said didn't deserve a call-up.

England v Slovenia - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier

Lingard's first contribution when he replaced Oxlade-Chamberlain was attempting a back-heeled pass in mid-air which completely failed.

And it only got worse for the 24-year-old, who can't be faulted for his energy and work ethic but simply isn't good enough for England.

A 17-second clip has emerged on Twitter demonstrating this. In the video below, Lingard completely miscues a shot inside the 18-yard box and then gives away possession cheaply.


Lingard scores the occasional important goal for United, but they alone are not enough to justify a place in England's squad, especially not with the World Cup coming up.

There are a number of England hopefuls arguably more deserving than the winger, such as Theo Walcott, who hasn't played much for Arsenal recently but has three goals this season.

And unlike Lingard, Walcott, 28, also adds experience England's attack, which had an average age of 22 against Slovenia.

A lot of changes can be expected between now and next summer and one of them should be Lingard, especially with Adam Lallana close to returning from injury.

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