Southampton's Adam Lallana visits crew of HMS Daring to learn about the Royal Navy

Adam Lallana on HMS Darling

Adam Lallana with the crew on HMS Darling

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THEY dedicate their lives to representing their country - and he hopes to be doing the same this summer.

Saints star Adam Lallana took time out from training to visit one of the UK's most powerful warships to learn about the Royal Navy's role across the globe.

The Southampton winger - who is hoping to win a place in England's World Cup squad this summer - toured the Type 45 destroyer HMS Daring and chatted to many of her 200-strong crew.

Just hours after picking up the gong for Saints Player of the Year, the 25-year-old learnt about the ship's recent nine-month global deployment which included humanitarian relief efforts in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan and anti-piracy operations in the Caribbean.

The Saints captain said: “This was my first time on board a warship and I was very impressed. I was told about the weapons having their own brains and how they can work out which targets are best to attack at a certain time.

“It was also good to meet the sailors on board and learn about their lifestyle. It seems tough when they are away at sea but there was great camaraderie on board and I have a lot of respect for what they do.”

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5:02pm Wed 7 May 14

JFergie says...

do you mean HMS Daring??
do you mean HMS Daring?? JFergie
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5:24pm Wed 7 May 14

Stnana says...

JFergie wrote:
do you mean HMS Daring??
Oh dear, Melanie must have been looking at the photo when she typed that !
[quote][p][bold]JFergie[/bold] wrote: do you mean HMS Daring??[/p][/quote]Oh dear, Melanie must have been looking at the photo when she typed that ! Stnana
  • Score: 2

6:06pm Wed 7 May 14

Abbey Saint says...

Ships crew - Saints team: same togetherness, same comradeship, same sense of purpose, same will to win.
Ships crew - Saints team: same togetherness, same comradeship, same sense of purpose, same will to win. Abbey Saint
  • Score: 2

6:48pm Wed 7 May 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Adam Lallana on HMS Darling, ha ha. He is our darling and long may it stay that way.
Adam Lallana on HMS Darling, ha ha. He is our darling and long may it stay that way. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 2

7:21pm Wed 7 May 14

Zexagon says...

Abbey Saint wrote:
Ships crew - Saints team: same togetherness, same comradeship, same sense of purpose, same will to win.
Not quite the same wages
[quote][p][bold]Abbey Saint[/bold] wrote: Ships crew - Saints team: same togetherness, same comradeship, same sense of purpose, same will to win.[/p][/quote]Not quite the same wages Zexagon
  • Score: 5

7:35pm Wed 7 May 14

bluewhiteandred says...

He cant keep a from Pompey
He cant keep a from Pompey bluewhiteandred
  • Score: -17

7:37pm Wed 7 May 14

bluewhiteandred says...

bluewhiteandred wrote:
He cant keep a from Pompey
away
[quote][p][bold]bluewhiteandred[/bold] wrote: He cant keep a from Pompey[/p][/quote]away bluewhiteandred
  • Score: -15

7:45pm Wed 7 May 14

worried of n e hampshire says...

A bit crass likening playing football to serving in the armed forces
A bit crass likening playing football to serving in the armed forces worried of n e hampshire
  • Score: 3

8:57pm Wed 7 May 14

el caballo santos101 says...

bluewhiteandred wrote:
bluewhiteandred wrote:
He cant keep a from Pompey
away
i think you spend more time on here than lalla does in poopey blue!
[quote][p][bold]bluewhiteandred[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bluewhiteandred[/bold] wrote: He cant keep a from Pompey[/p][/quote]away[/p][/quote]i think you spend more time on here than lalla does in poopey blue! el caballo santos101
  • Score: 1

9:07pm Wed 7 May 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

bluewhiteandred wrote:
bluewhiteandred wrote:
He cant keep a from Pompey
away
Off you go then.
[quote][p][bold]bluewhiteandred[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bluewhiteandred[/bold] wrote: He cant keep a from Pompey[/p][/quote]away[/p][/quote]Off you go then. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 2

9:55pm Wed 7 May 14

Jan28th1984 says...

bluewhiteandred wrote:
bluewhiteandred wrote:
He cant keep a from Pompey
away
Like you can't keep away from a Saints board?
[quote][p][bold]bluewhiteandred[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bluewhiteandred[/bold] wrote: He cant keep a from Pompey[/p][/quote]away[/p][/quote]Like you can't keep away from a Saints board? Jan28th1984
  • Score: 4

10:48pm Wed 7 May 14

bolloxtoit says...

Abbey Saint wrote:
Ships crew - Saints team: same togetherness, same comradeship, same sense of purpose, same will to win.
Not quite sure how you compare an over paid, under worked football team to a royal navy crew, most footballers wouldn't last 5 minutes in a real team environment, especially a military one.
[quote][p][bold]Abbey Saint[/bold] wrote: Ships crew - Saints team: same togetherness, same comradeship, same sense of purpose, same will to win.[/p][/quote]Not quite sure how you compare an over paid, under worked football team to a royal navy crew, most footballers wouldn't last 5 minutes in a real team environment, especially a military one. bolloxtoit
  • Score: 4

11:17pm Wed 7 May 14

Block 42 says...

bolloxtoit wrote:
Abbey Saint wrote:
Ships crew - Saints team: same togetherness, same comradeship, same sense of purpose, same will to win.
Not quite sure how you compare an over paid, under worked football team to a royal navy crew, most footballers wouldn't last 5 minutes in a real team environment, especially a military one.
military guys want his autograph so they got no problem with it..why do people always gots to bring up monies.
[quote][p][bold]bolloxtoit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Abbey Saint[/bold] wrote: Ships crew - Saints team: same togetherness, same comradeship, same sense of purpose, same will to win.[/p][/quote]Not quite sure how you compare an over paid, under worked football team to a royal navy crew, most footballers wouldn't last 5 minutes in a real team environment, especially a military one.[/p][/quote]military guys want his autograph so they got no problem with it..why do people always gots to bring up monies. Block 42
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1:59am Thu 8 May 14

andoru says...

Nice gesture, but shame he had to go to Portsmouth. Still, it probably showed how nice Southampton is by comparison.
Nice gesture, but shame he had to go to Portsmouth. Still, it probably showed how nice Southampton is by comparison. andoru
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6:35am Thu 8 May 14

paraboy says...

i bet the navy chaps thought what a **** welcome to my world by the way i am putting my life on the line and away from home 6 months of the time for pennys and you get 1000s for running about a football pitch for 90 mins dont seem right to me
i bet the navy chaps thought what a **** welcome to my world by the way i am putting my life on the line and away from home 6 months of the time for pennys and you get 1000s for running about a football pitch for 90 mins dont seem right to me paraboy
  • Score: 2

7:37am Thu 8 May 14

andoru says...

paraboy wrote:
i bet the navy chaps thought what a **** welcome to my world by the way i am putting my life on the line and away from home 6 months of the time for pennys and you get 1000s for running about a football pitch for 90 mins dont seem right to me
Free market economy. The players get paid according to the value they contribute, not the hours they work or the amount of effort they have to put in. RN sailors are not employed in the free market; they work for the state, and do so voluntarily. They do a great job, but they are not conscripts.
[quote][p][bold]paraboy[/bold] wrote: i bet the navy chaps thought what a **** welcome to my world by the way i am putting my life on the line and away from home 6 months of the time for pennys and you get 1000s for running about a football pitch for 90 mins dont seem right to me[/p][/quote]Free market economy. The players get paid according to the value they contribute, not the hours they work or the amount of effort they have to put in. RN sailors are not employed in the free market; they work for the state, and do so voluntarily. They do a great job, but they are not conscripts. andoru
  • Score: 3

9:24am Thu 8 May 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

paraboy wrote:
i bet the navy chaps thought what a **** welcome to my world by the way i am putting my life on the line and away from home 6 months of the time for pennys and you get 1000s for running about a football pitch for 90 mins dont seem right to me
If Countries decided who was best on the footbail field instead of slaughtering each other in the name of Politics and Religion, the World would be a better place methinks.
[quote][p][bold]paraboy[/bold] wrote: i bet the navy chaps thought what a **** welcome to my world by the way i am putting my life on the line and away from home 6 months of the time for pennys and you get 1000s for running about a football pitch for 90 mins dont seem right to me[/p][/quote]If Countries decided who was best on the footbail field instead of slaughtering each other in the name of Politics and Religion, the World would be a better place methinks. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 2

10:08am Thu 8 May 14

Brite Spark says...

bluewhiteandred wrote:
bluewhiteandred wrote:
He cant keep a from Pompey
away
The only Victory that Portsmouth have seen in recent years is the one in their dockyard.
[quote][p][bold]bluewhiteandred[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bluewhiteandred[/bold] wrote: He cant keep a from Pompey[/p][/quote]away[/p][/quote]The only Victory that Portsmouth have seen in recent years is the one in their dockyard. Brite Spark
  • Score: 5

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