Ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Everton, Jesse Lingard has revealed that he has been waiting for the game all week. Alongside fellow youngsters, like Marcus Rashford and Tim Fosu-Mensah, he believes there’s a freedom for them when they’re playing, although they have guidance from the experienced Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick.
It’s a big one. We’ve been waiting all week for it and we’re full of confidence. Us young lads play football with pretty much no pressure, it’s like playing football with our friends. There’s that fearlessness but it’s also good to have the older, experienced lads like Wazza and Carras to help us through stages of the game if things aren’t going quite right for you. For me, Marcus and Tim, it’s like you’re playing in the park having a kickaround but you’ve still got that motivation to win.
It’ll be my first time to properly play at Wembley, which is going to be massive for me. We’ve got over 30,000 fans with us and all our family and friends will be there too so it’s going to be a big occasion and hopefully we can come out with the win.