England’s key player at this summer’s European Championships could be Adam Lallana, according to Spain and Barcelona legend Xavi.
Liverpool attacker Lallana started both of England’s recent friendlies against Germany and Holland, and seems to have cemented his spot in Roy Hodgson’s squad.
And rather than focussing on the likes of Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane or Dele Alli, Xavi – who won the Euros in 2008 and 2012 – claims that the former Southampton man could be the Three Lions’ ace in the pack in France.
Lallana, who turns 28 before the competition starts, has 21 caps for England to date, but is yet to score a senior international goal.
But Xavi seems to rate him very highly, and was quoted as calling the midfielder “quality” in a recent article in the Liverpool Echo.
On England’s overall chances of winning their first major tournament since 1966, Xavi adds they “could be an outside bet at the Euros”.
What do you make of Xavi’s summation of Adam Lallana?
Does Lallana deserve such high praise from one of the greatest players in the modern era?