Jesse Lingard says his Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired celebration during England's 4-0 win over Andorra was a 'little welcoming gift' for the striker following his return to Manchester United.
Gareth Southgate named Lingard in the starting line-up for the World Cup qualifier against the Group I minnows, and the winger didn't waste his opportunity, scoring twice in a one-sided encounter.
The 28-year-old gave England the lead after 18 minutes with a sweet left-foot finish but it then took until the 78th minute for Harry Kane to double the advantage, the Tottenham striker firing home from the spot.
Lingard netted his second of the evening six minutes later before Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka added his name to the scoresheet with a neat header in the closing stages.
The result ensured England maintained their 100 per cent record in Group I, largely thanks to the performance of Lingard, who turned heads with his celebration for the first goal.
After scoring the opener, the United midfielder ran to the corner flag and combined his trademark 'J-Lingz' sign with Ronaldo's iconic 'siuuu' jump and landing.
Talking to beIN SPORTS after the game, Lingard revealed that he had promised Mason Mount he would perform Ronaldo's celebration if he managed to find the back of the net.
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"Me and Mason were thinking about celebrations this week and obviously we mixed my celebration with Cristiano’s and I said I’d do it if I scored," he explained.
"It’s a little welcoming gift for him. He’ll settle in very quickly and it will help the team tremendously this season."
Lingard was full of praise for his team-mates in what he described as a 'professional performance.'
"It feels amazing. It’s always amazing to put on an England shirt but to score and do well for your country is perfect," he continued.
"I thought the lads played well today, it was a professional performance and we go again against Poland.
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"It’s always a great feeling scoring for your country. They’re the moments you don’t forget and, of course, my team-mates helped me today with that.
"We had to come into this game with professionalism. We knew what Andorra were about, we knew they were going to sit back – sometimes press and sometimes sit back in a low block.
"We were patient throughout the game and we managed to move the ball very quickly and find opportunities to break through the defence and score the goals that we did."
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