Eleven things to know about West Ham's new No11 Jesse Lingard
1 Jesse Lingard won the FA Youth Cup playing alongside current Manchester United midfielder and French FIFA World Cup winner Paul Pogba, future West Ham United midfielder Ravel Morrison, current Everton and England defender Michael Keane and current West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, beating a Sheffield United side that included current Manchester United and England centre-back Harry Maguire. Lingard scored in the first leg of the Red Devils’ 6-3 aggregate victory.
2 Jesse Lingard has a huge social media following. The midfielder has an amazing 6.6 million followers on Instagram and 1.9 million followers on Twitter – higher than any other current West Ham United player. Argentina star Manuel Lanzini is the next highest on both platforms with 867,000 on Instagram and 210,200 on Twitter.
3 Jesse Lingard scored the first two goals of David Moyes’ reign as Manchester United manager. Then aged 20, he netted the opening two goals in a 5-1 friendly win over the A-League All Stars in Sydney on 20 July 2013. He also scored against Yokohama F. Marinos in Japan and Kitchee FC in Hong Kong during the same global pre-season tour.
4 Jesse Lingard was born in the town of Warrington in Cheshire in December 1992, attended William Beamont Community High School and was spotted by Manchester United while playing for local club Penketh United at the age of seven in 2000.
5 Jesse Lingard made his England debut as a starter in a 2-0 FIFA World Cup qualifying win over Malta at Wembley in October 2016. His first goal for his country came on his ninth appearance and was the winner in a friendly victory over the Netherlands in Amsterdam in March 2018.
6 In addition to his FA Youth Cup final goal in 2011, Jesse Lingard has scored in three major finals for Manchester United, netting an extra-time winner in Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace in the 2016 FA Cup final, the opener in the 2-1 FA Community Shield win over Leicester City later the same year, and the second in their 3-2 EFL Cup final win over Southampton in 2017.
7 Jesse Lingard appeared in six of England’s seven matches at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia, missing only the 1-0 group-stage defeat by Belgium when Gareth Southgate’s squad had already secured their place in the round of 16. He scored England’s third in the 6-1 group-stage win over Panama and went on to start the knockout ties with Colombia, Sweden and Croatia, and appear as a substitute in the third-place play-off defeat by Belgium.
8 Jesse Lingard has made 133 Premier League appearances, all of them for Manchester United, scored 18 goals and assisted 12 more. Eight of those appearances were against West Ham United, while he also faced the Hammers twice in the FA Cup in 2016, starting both sixth-round ties between the two.
9 Jesse Lingard can rival his new teammate Michail Antonio for goal celebrations! The 28-year-old has become synonymous with eye-catching celebrations after scoring, including his personalised ‘JL’ pose, rapper 2 Milly’s ‘Milly Rock’ dance, the ‘shoot dance’ from the video game Fortnite and the ‘gun lean’ introduced by rapper Russ and once sampled by Declan Rice. Some of Lingard’s celebrations have even been included in the FIFA video game series!
10 Jesse Lingard was a teammate of Darren Randolph at Birmingham City during the 2013/14 season. The pair lined up together 13 times, with Lingard scoring six goals and Randolph keeping five clean sheets as the Blues won five, drew five and lost just three of those matches.
11 Jesse Lingard becomes the 13th player to wear the No11 shirt since squad numbers were introduced at the start of the 1993/94 season, following Dale Gordon, Lee Chapman, Matty Holmes, Steve Lomas, Matty Etherington, Mido, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Modibo Maiga, Stewart Downing, Enner Valencia, Simone Zaza and Robert Snodgrass.