The England international has established himself as a key player at Manchester United over the past few months.
Lingard has scored eight times and has made four assists in 26 games in the Premier League this term.
The 25-year-old has managed to retain his starting spot despite the influx of attacking talent at Manchester United.
Lingard impressed during the international break with a goal and an assist against the Netherlands and Italy.
The Manchester United youth graduate helped the Red Devils to ease to a 2-0 win over Swansea City on Saturday.
Former Spurs forward Crooks was full of praise for Lingard after his latest impressive performance for the Red Devils.
“This lad has to be in England’s starting XI for the World Cup on current form,” Crooks told BBC Sport.
“Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has tried to use Lingard sparingly this season but failed.
“All credit to this young player, he has not only bulldozed his way into United’s starting line-up but he’s currently running the show.
“Lingard was involved in all of United’s goals against Swansea while displaying a range of passes in his repertoire.
“Could Gareth Southgate play both Lingard and Dele Alli in the same England team? Or is it too much like Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard? Nice thought though.”
Lingard has netted 13 times and has made four assists in 39 appearances in all competitions this season.
Manchester United haven’t won the Premier League title since 2013 when Sir Alex Ferguson was still in charge at the Red Devils.
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