Lingard explains why he did the Ronaldo celebration after scoring for England

Manchester United and England midfielder Jesse Lingard says he performed Cristiano Ronaldo‘s celebration after scoring yesterday as a “welcoming gift” to his new Manchester United team-mate.

The 28-year-old marked his first England appearance since June with two goals and an assist in the 4-0 World Cup qualifying win over Andorra at Wembley.

Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka were also on target as Gareth Southgate’s side recorded their fifth win out of five in Group I.

On 18 minutes, Lingard drove the ball into the bottom corner to give England the lead. He then ran towards the corner flag and, in typical Cristiano Ronaldo, did a full half turn and landed, arms outstretched.

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Ronaldo signed for United on deadline day from Juventus for his second spell at the club.

He initially joined the Red Devils from Sporting Lisbon in 2003 as an 18-year-old, before going on to establish himself as one of the best players in world football.

And with Ronaldo’s impeding return, Lingard told the media after England’s victory that his own celebration was in homage to his new team-mate.

Lingard on Ronaldo celebration

He explained: “I mean me and Mason [Mount] were thinking of celebrations this week and obviously we mixed my celebration with Cristiano’s – I said I’d do it.

“Yeah, it’s a little welcoming gift for [Ronaldo]. But yeah, he’ll settle in quickly and he’ll help this team brilliantly.”

Ronaldo could make his United debut against Newcastle on September 11 after arriving in Manchester last week.

He was released early from the Portugal squad after picking up a yellow card for his celebration after becoming the highest-ever male international goalscorer.

With his nation 1-0 down against Republic of Ireland, Ronaldo powered a header into the bottom corner to break the 109-goal record set by Ali Daei, before winning the game with another header in the 97th minute.

The booking means he will miss his nation’s World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan on Tuesday.

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