England could hand Jesse Lingard shock call-up

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Danny Welbeck's place in the England squad is suddenly up for grabs after the Arsenal striker suffered a potentially serious injury against Manchester City.

Arsene Wenger appeared visibly concerned after the 2-2 draw, and it has since been revealed the forward could be out for up to six months.

However, the Daily Mirror have it that Roy Hodgson may have already identified his replacement in uncapped Jesse Lingard of Manchester United.


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Fitness concerns

The England boss has delayed the announcement of his squad for Euro 2016, which will now be released on Monday when the Premier League season has ended.

He is sweating on the fitness of a number of players whom he would ideally like to have in his squad, including Jordan Henderson, but Welbeck will now certainly miss out.

In addition to Lingard, Newcastle's Andros Townsend is another option having revived his career since moving to St James' Park from Tottenham. He is also known to be a favourite of Hodgson's after scoring on his Three Lions debut, and was even sometimes included as a squad player when he was out of favour at Spurs.

England spoilt for choice 

Lingard, on the other hand, failed to impress in United's 3-2 defeat to West Ham. Louis van Gaal's men disintegrated under the pressure, needing a win to secure Champions League football next season, and that kind of fragility could be an issue if Lingard is selected for England this summer.

He is also not an out-and-out swap for Welbeck, while England also have plenty of other attacking options to start in France. In fact, as unlikely contenders go, Jermain Defoe and Andy Carroll have also made late claims for a place on the plane. 

Nonetheless, the 23-year-old managed to draw some attention to himself, though not necessarily for the right reasons, before the West Ham game by filming the inside of the United bus as it was pelted by bottles thrown by fans of the home side. 

Lingard would certainly be a surprise selection, but Hodgson has made it clear he is happy to make unpopular decisions if he is confident they can help him produce a result with England this summer. 

Who should replace Danny Welbeck? Have your say in the comments. 

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