Wednesday September 4 2019

England international Jesse Lingard reveals he “had to get” Marco Verratti’s jersey when playing Italy. “I always liked him.”

The midfielder went through a collection of shirts he swapped with various stars over the years as part of his YouTube channel content.

“I have always like Verratti as a player,” said Lingard. 

“I had to get his shirt. He has got that low centre of gravity and is hard to get the ball off – he’s clever.”

Verratti has 33 Italy caps, scoring three goals, but has never played in Serie A.

Paris Saint-Germain paid €12m to purchase him from Pescara in 2012 when he was still in Serie B.

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