Jesse Lingard is an English footballer who plays for Manchester United and the England national football team. He has represented England at under-17 and under-21 level and is considered to be one of the brightest prospects to come out of the academy at Manchester United.
Lingard was born in Warrington, Cheshire, and attended William Beamont Community High School. He progressed through Manchester United's youth academy and was part of the side that won the 2010Ã¢â‚¬â€œ11 FA Youth Cup, before signing a professional contract in the summer of 2011.
On 6 November 2012, Lingard and teammate Michael Keane joined Leicester City on loan for a month. Lingard was selected in the 19-man squad for Manchester United's 2013 pre-season tour. Lingard scored his first two goals for United in a 5Ã¢â‚¬â€œ1 friendly win against the A-League All Stars in Sydney on 20 July 2013. Lingard was loaned out to Birmingham City for the 2013-14 season.
Lingard received his first call-up for the under-21 team for the friendly match against Scotland under-21s on 13 August 2013, and made his debut as a second-half substitute for Nathan Redmond as England won 6Ã¢â‚¬â€œ0.