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Lingard will start for England against Nigeria

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Lingard is competing for a place in Southgate's starting line-up at the World Cup and he has been handed an opportunity to impress at Wembley this weekend.



With only two friendlies before England kick off their World Cup campaign in Russia, Lingard is battling with Tottenham's Dele Alli and Manchester City's Raheem Sterling to fill the roles as support for star striker Harry Kane. Lingard had an inconsistent season with United, but Southgate is a fan of the 25-year-old.

England boss Southgate told a press conference on Friday that Lingard will face Nigeria, insisting he hadn't made up his mind who will feature when his team face Tunisia in the World Cup opener on June 18. "I don't see it as a straight contest between any individual, absolutely they could play together," Southgate said.

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