United winger Lingard not ready for England call up, according to LvG

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal insists winger Jesse Lingard is not ready for a call up to the senior England squad.

Lingard, who has been capped 11 times for the England U21 team, impressed in United's 2-0 victory over West Brom on Saturday.

As well as performing confidently throughout the match, Lingard displayed composure in scoring the opening goal of the game on 52 minutes before Juan Mata secured the win with a stoppage-time penalty.

The 22-year-old has been given his chance in the United side following a dip in form from Memphis Depay, and there is already some speculation England boss Roy Hodgson may add Lingard to his squad for the forthcoming friendlies against Spain and France.

But Van Gaal believes the player will have to produce steady form before he can think about international football.

"I would say it is too much too early," the United manager said. "We have to wait to see if he is consistent because he is more or less the same age as Memphis Depay.

"We have to wait but I am very happy with his contribution up until now.

"I have said already in my first year many times we need speed and creativity on the wings.

"You have seen that now we play with Jesse Lingard and he is not the most speedy winger in the world - and Mata is also not the most speedy winger in the world. So first we must first address that problem."