Jesse Lingard insists the main motivation behind his loan move to West Ham is simply to enjoy playing regular football again.
The 28-year-old midfielder left Manchester United on-loan in the January transfer window as he teamed up with David Moyes for the remainder of the season.
Lingard missed out on the Hammers’ weekend defeat to Liverpool but made his debut from the start in a 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Wednesday night.
The United loanee made it a debut to remember with two goals at Villa Park in what was his first Premier League appearance of the entire campaign.
Lingard’s brace came in front of the watching eyes of England manager Gareth Southgate as he continues to monitor players head of this summer’s European Championship.
After the match Lingard was asked about his hopes of a shock England re-call, but he insists his sole focus is simply to start playing every single week.
“I’m coming into my prime years,” he told official club media. “I’m 28 and I want to be playing week in, week out.
“It has been a great move at the moment and I’ve got to carry it on.
“It is always the added bonus to score goals and help the team, but like I say it is about getting back out on the pitch and enjoying playing football – playing with a smile on my face.”