Rio Ferdinand has praised the talents of England playmaker Jesse Lingard, describing him as a ‘quick’ and ‘dynamic’ player.
While he has had plenty of detractors over the years, even among the Manchester United faithful, 25-year-old Lingard has started to attract plenty of plaudits too.
No matter what your viewpoint on the playmaker is, he has become an integral part of both the Jose Mourinho’s United side as well as Gareth Southgate’s England squad for this summer’s World Cup.
Lingard has started three of the Three Lions’ four games so far this summer, and will likely start today’s quarter final against Sweden, and one man who is clearly a fan of him is former United and England star, Rio Ferdinand, who has been talking up his qualities:
“If you are a midfielder playing against him, you might look at him and think he has not got much about him – but if you faced him in a game, you would find out it was a different story straight away,” Ferdinand wrote in his column for the BBC.
“Most midfielders these days like to get on the ball and take loads of touches, but Jesse hurts you in different ways.
“He is so dynamic and he is always thinking about how to get a shot off, or how he can get into the box.
“I’ve seen people get up close to him and get in his face to put him under pressure, but he has got a picture of the game in his head so he knows where his team-mates are as well as the opposition. He just pops the ball off and he is gone.
“He is quick too, so he is already running behind you by the time you realise what has happened.”
Ferdinand also added that he thinks that the style of Lingard’s play could be crucial to England progressing to the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990.