Jesse Lingard has hit back at his critics after he came under fire for saying he feels more comfortable playing for England than Manchester United.
The 25-year-old made the comments in an interview with GQ, saying: "I actually feel more comfortable when I play for England than United. Every game, you've got to play with no fear."
The quotes were picked up and recirculated by a number of media outlets - and Lingard believes a mountain is being made out of a molehill.
He took to his Instagram story to hit back, writing: "Clutching at staws as per SMH (shaking my head)."
And: "More than comfortable" on top of a picture of him celebrating his winning goal against Chelsea this season.
Lingard is gearing up for his first major tournament with England after a solid individual campaign for United, during which he scored 13 goals and notched seven assists.
The Warrington-born attacker is one of four United players in Gareth Southgate's squad, along with Ashley Young, Phil Jones and Marcus Rashford, and he's looking forward to the experience of representing his country in Russia.
"It's one of the pinnacles of your career as a player and it will be my first World Cup so I've got to enjoy every minute, whether I start of if I've got to make an impact from the bench," Lingard said.
"And I do think we will do well because of the team spirit we've got."