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Poch backs Lallana for England recall
Lallana scored a brilliant opener against Swansea in another superb performance as Saints stormed into a Champions League place.
There has started to be murmurings of an England recall for Lallana and Pochettino believes his man won’t be too far away on current form.
“It’s not my decision in the end but if he keeps on performing as he did he will be very close to getting into the national side,” said Pochettino.
“I am very happy for Adam. He’s a great guy, a great professional and he feels very passionate about this club. I’m very happy for him.
“I am very happy he scored and for everything he represents for this club, all the good values he represents. I’m over the moon for him.”
In the build-up to the game, Lallana – who was called up to the England squad for last year’s World Cup qualifier against Ukraine at Wembley – was glowing in his praise of Pochettino and what the new manager has done for the club and him as an individual.
However, Pochettino was refusing to take any of the credit.
“I don’t really like to talk about what I’ve done in his game. It’s an overall group of people helping to make this club better,” said the Saints boss.
“His performance has been good for the club and that’s the only thing that counts.
“I want to thank him for his kind words but at the same time there is a structure at this club that looks to improve how the club is running and how the players are improving and that goes from the chairman to the last person who’s doing the cleaning duties.
“We also need to understand that the one person who deserves all the praise for how he’s playing, for how his performance has been amazing over the last few games is him himself. “He needs to receive that praise.”
Lallana has been substituted in the second half several times this season, but Pochettino took off both of his recognised strikers in the second half against Swansea and explained: “Both changes were more tactical than injury related.
“Especially the first one when Prowsey (Ward-Prowse) came on for Osvaldo.
“We were winning 1-0 but we needed to keep possession.
“Swansea were pressing us quite hard so we needed to keep possession so it was a tactical change.
“The second change as well was more tactical.
“We needed a fresh pair of legs to run into space and keep more possession as well so we brought in Rodriguez for Lambert.
“We needed to have a bit more depth and to play into Swansea’s half and so we used that change to make that happen.”
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