Jesse Lingard gets on the cocktails at a pub, Jamie Vardy joins his wife Becky for a swim and Adam Lallana’s in the stands at Wembley! What England’s unselected players were up to during their Euro 2020 win over Croatia
As England kicked off their Euro 2020 campaign against Croatia, those who did not make the squad were busy marking the Three Lions’ opener in their own way.
A number of players were extremely close to making the final squad only to narrowly miss out, while others had not been involved in the set-up for some time.
One man who was as close as anybody was Jesse Lingard, after a stunning season on-loan at West Ham from Manchester United.
Jesse Lingard has been enjoying the England game with a cocktail in the sun with friends
He showed off his support for his West Ham teammate Declan Rice wearing his shirt
The 28-year-old made Gareth Southgate’s initial 33-man squad and was then in the frame to replace Trent Alexander-Arnold when the Liverpool man pulled out with an injury.
Unfortunately for Lingard that last place went to Brighton’s Ben White, but Lingard did not let it affect him as he cheered on the Three Lions with his friends at a beer garden in Knutsford near Macclesfield.
The 28-year-old posted a number of videos and photos to his Instagram account where he could be seen enjoying a cocktail and singing the national anthem.
Lingard is offering his support despite narrowly missing out on the final 26-man squad
He also shows his support to West Ham teammate Declan Rice, wearing his number four England shirt.
Alexander-Arnold, who was part of the 26 man squad but has missed the tournament due to injury, did not specifically reveal what he was doing but did post a message of support to his England teammates.
The Liverpool full-back tweeted: ‘Good luck lads, bring it home.’
Brighton player Adam Lallana attended England’s opener against Croatia as a supporter
Former England players Wayne Rooney and Jamie Redknapp were also at Wembley
Meanwhile Brighton player Adam Lallana was right in among the action at the national stadium.
Lallana has not featured for the international team since 2018, after a number of injuries affected his playing time at then-club Liverpool.
But the 33-year-old was pictured in the grandstands with his son before the game got underway, showing his support in person.
He was not the only former England international to be seen in the stadium as the country’s leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney and now television pundit Jamie Redknapp were pictured with their families in the stands.
One player who doesn’t appear to be as fussed with the game is striker Jamie Vardy.
The Leicester star is enjoying his retirement from international football, and was pictured going for a swim with wife Rebekah on holiday.
Jamie Vardy is enjoying his international retirement on holiday with wife Rebekah