Joe Cole backing Saints midfielder Adam Lallana to play crucial role for England at World Cup

JOE COLE

ADAM LALLANA

First published in Sport

FORMER England star Joe Cole is hoping Adam Lallana starts against Italy tonight.

Cole, who this week signed for Aston Villa, believes the Saints skipper can play an integral role for an England side capable of springing big surprises.

“He's very similar in style of play to me. I really like him,” said Cole.

“I always had a keen eye on him watching him come up through the leagues. “He looks at home in international football and I hope he plays.”

Cole believes England have a “great chance” of winning the World Cup in Brazil.

The 32-year-old, who featured in England’s previous three World Cup finals squads, said: “It's going to be exciting and I think we have got a great chance of doing it.

“I agree with what Wayne Rooney has said - it's the best squad England have had in years.

“The reason for the lower expectation is that these young players in the squad are at the start of their careers.

“They're not pivotal players in the big squads in the country - but they will be.

“They've got a great chance and it's perhaps their best chance as well because in four years’ time they’ll all be established and there’ll be a massive load of expectation on them.

“For me, looking from the outside, all the stars seem to be aligning. I think they’ll do well.”

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8:53am Sat 14 Jun 14

Slick Saint says...

I like Joe Cole. Was a great player with unrealised potential. We've had too many of them so time for the new breed to shine! Best of luck Adam and I hope you light up the England team tonight!
I like Joe Cole. Was a great player with unrealised potential. We've had too many of them so time for the new breed to shine! Best of luck Adam and I hope you light up the England team tonight! Slick Saint
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9:07am Sat 14 Jun 14

Costa Baz says...

Joe Cole could have been an England great, but was forever played out of position, left or right side, rather than down the middle where he could have been more involved, and his skills could have opened teams up.
Hope Lallana has licence to roam or he will only get occasional involvement and potentially face the same fate as Cole did.
Joe Cole could have been an England great, but was forever played out of position, left or right side, rather than down the middle where he could have been more involved, and his skills could have opened teams up. Hope Lallana has licence to roam or he will only get occasional involvement and potentially face the same fate as Cole did. Costa Baz
  • Score: -3

10:08am Sat 14 Jun 14

Sammy2sheds says...

He wasn't bad for a midget,he was a bit like Michael Owens crap twin
He wasn't bad for a midget,he was a bit like Michael Owens crap twin Sammy2sheds
  • Score: -2

11:46am Sat 14 Jun 14

NC Fan4Life says...

Good player but we never saw his full potential, hope Adam does better.

No news on Saints official site yet but Koeman reportedly returning from holiday on Monday to be appointed. Big Ron will be a good appointment but will also need some top quality coaches to support him.
Les & Ralph you must tell all the 'want away' players that they are going nowhere.
Having seen Holland last night we need Big Ron to sign Feyenoords Stephan de Vrij &/or Bruno Martins for central defence.
Katharina is supposed to have agreed to Big Ron's transfer kitty so he can also go for the quality strikers and a fast winger that we need.
With £5m for Ricky and with Osvaldo (what ever he is now worth) used as a part exchange, we can easily afford to add the 4 quality players we need to take the current squad up to the next level and into a Champions league spot next season. Two top strikers will get the excitement started.
That should meet the ambitions of our star players and us fans.
Can't wait for all this to happen, just need to see the innovative new red & white stripped shirts, diagonal strips ?
Good player but we never saw his full potential, hope Adam does better. No news on Saints official site yet but Koeman reportedly returning from holiday on Monday to be appointed. Big Ron will be a good appointment but will also need some top quality coaches to support him. Les & Ralph you must tell all the 'want away' players that they are going nowhere. Having seen Holland last night we need Big Ron to sign Feyenoords Stephan de Vrij &/or Bruno Martins for central defence. Katharina is supposed to have agreed to Big Ron's transfer kitty so he can also go for the quality strikers and a fast winger that we need. With £5m for Ricky and with Osvaldo (what ever he is now worth) used as a part exchange, we can easily afford to add the 4 quality players we need to take the current squad up to the next level and into a Champions league spot next season. Two top strikers will get the excitement started. That should meet the ambitions of our star players and us fans. Can't wait for all this to happen, just need to see the innovative new red & white stripped shirts, diagonal strips ? NC Fan4Life
  • Score: 2

6:26pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Chapperall says...

His worst decision was going to Diverpool where he became a bench warmer. Wasted talent. Adam Lala take note!
His worst decision was going to Diverpool where he became a bench warmer. Wasted talent. Adam Lala take note! Chapperall
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