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5 Reasons Roy Hodgson Must Build His England World Cup Team Around Adam Lallana

5 Reasons Roy Hodgson Must Build His England World Cup Team Around Adam Lallana

This Monday could be quite a significant day for Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana.

Not only have Liverpool firmed up their interest in the Saints skipper, Roy Hodgson will include him in the England squad heading to the World Cup this summer.

And here are five reasons why the Three Lions boss should build his team around the playmaker:

By Jonny Boyle – @beanroll

1. England’s key surprise package

Raheem Sterling may be tipped to surprise everyone this summer – but is anyone really unaware of the Liverpool starlet? He’s been an ever-present for Brendan Rodgers’ side as they took the English Premier League title race to the final day. But Lallana has thrived in a Southampton team who finished in eighth. If you’re a Premier League fan then you know about the 26-year-old – I’m not so sure many of England’s rivals will be clued up.

2. England need a creator

Ross Barkley may be the flavour of the month for some England fans but has he really done it anywhere near regularly enough to warrant a starting spot? I expect Hodgson to name a similar formation to the 4-3-3 Rodgers deploys at Liverpool so he can get the best from the strong Anfield contingent in his team. Lallana in front of Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard sounds perfect to me. He’s got eleven goals and six assists for the season with Saints. Imagine what he could do feeding players like Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney?

3. He’s done it in an England shirt this season – Hodgson said so

Lallana came on as a 59th-minute substitute against Denmark in March and he changed the game. Even Hodgson lauded his impact, saying: “From the 60th minute onwards we showed some really good play and Adam Lallana made a big difference.

“It was a very organised Danish team and we had to work very hard. Kasper Schmeichel had an outstanding game in goal.

“It is too hard to judge on one performance and if we want to use these players together, there is some work to do to make sure they gel.

“Our passing was a bit too slow in the first half and in the second half we got behind opposition a bit more and created the chance that led to the goal.”

4. He thrives ‘in the hole’

Every World Cup-winning team needs a No10. And although Rooney will wear the jersey, it’s Lallana who should play the position. Every top nation has one – Mesut Ozil is Germany’s, Andres Iniesta is Spain’s, Wesley Sneijder is Holland’s… the list goes on. England have struggled for creativity in previous tournaments and Lallana can give them that.

5. And he can do things like this

He’s got everything England need to succeed. Nothing fazes him and, above all, he’s a quality player.

 

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