Manchester United star Jesse Lingard has revealed that he cried after he was left out of the England squad for the UEFA European Championship earlier this year.
Lingard impressed during his loan spell with West Ham United in the second half of last season, when he registered nine goals in 16 Premier League appearances.
The 28-year-old made the provisional squad and played in warm-up games, but was omitted from the final selection for the tournament, in which England reached the final at Wembley Stadium.
"Back in June, I really thought I had done enough to get into the final 26 for the Euros. Obviously, I respected Gareth's decision, but when I rang to tell my brother, well... I cried. Lou (his brother) cried as well," Lingard told The Players' Tribune.
"Two years ago, that news would have crushed me completely. Thankfully, I'm in a better place these days. When the boys played the opener, I wasn't going to sit around and mope. I might not have been playing, but I was still a fan, right?
"So I pulled on a shirt – I'm close to Dec [West Ham midfielder Declan Rice], so it had to be 'RICE 4' on the back – and I went to a pub with Lou and some friends. This guy there was walking around with a parrot – how random is that? – and suddenly it's sitting right on my shoulder watching us beat Croatia!
"You gotta love the pub when England are playing – the atmosphere, the energy. I took some pics, signed some autographs. I'm not really sure how it happened, but soon I was on the DJ decks! What an afternoon that was.
"I'll say this to every player: Join the fans in a pub at least once during your career. It just gives you a different perspective."
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