Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard has revealed he shed tears after missing the selection for England’s 2020 Euros.
It seemed a sure-case Lingard was going to make the final squad after shining on loan at West Ham United with nine goals in 16 games.
The United star was listed in the preliminary squad before eventually being omitted from the final squad.
“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?
The 28-year-old then revealed how he managed to get over the disappointment by going to a pub to watch England’s opener against Croatia.
"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,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Lingard is expected to feature as the Red Devils travel to Leicester City this weekend.