Not only has Lingard gone on to be a Manchester United regular, but has now established himself in the global setup, and was voted Man of The Match during England's 6-1 victory over Panama earlier today.
"People always questioned, "is he going to be big enough, is he going to be strong enough", but when you have the intelligence and game management that this kid's got, you can be two foot tall and get through".
England may have cruised to an easy victory over Panama on Sunday, winning 6-1 in a Group G game in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, but it doesn't even rank among the largest margins of victory in the World Cup.
They do have a point as Lingard has certainly taken great strides since the Portuguese tactician was appointed, adding quality and composure to his play in the final third to make a more decisive impact. "I've got to be independent and learn how to grow up, so now it'd be a good experience for me to go out on loan". The way we played, the discipline, the hard work.More news: What do Costa Rica, Panama early exits say about US soccer?
"We have to enjoy this".
As more and more young England fans have been imitating Jesse Lingard's impressive array of goal celebrations, the man himself has explained his latest. The Tottenham Hotspur striker said England fans were justified in dreaming of winning the World Cup for the first time since 1966.
Stones opened the scoring in the eighth minute with a header.
However much they tried, Panama struggled to block England's route to goal. Kane then got his first via a penalty after Lingard was bundled over in the box.
Chasing the golden boot, Kane relied on his heel to complete his hat trick by getting the faintest of touches to divert Ruben Loftus-Cheek's shot into the net.