Poch praises World Cup hopeful Adam

Adam Lallana celebrates Saturday's wonder goal

Adam Lallana celebrates Saturday's wonder goal

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Adam Lallana took another step towards the World Cup, with Mauricio Pochettino praising his “unique” star after his wonder goal against Newcastle.

Lallana was at the heart of a pulsating Saints performance as they demolished Newcastle 4-0 at St Mary’s, writes ADAM LEITCH.

England assistant manager Ray Lewington watched on as Jay Rodriguez, Lallana and Rickie Lambert shared the goals to boost their chances of a World Cup trip to Brazil.

There was little doubt though that the highlight was Lallana’s stunning strike from 25 yards that rocketed into the top corner.

“I think Adam is special,” said Pochettino. “He’s a very unique type of player.

“He’s having very good opportunities to get into the English national side and that’s a very good thing for him.

“I am always joking around with him that he has the characteristics of a Spanish player and has the skills of an Iniesta, Xavi or Cesc Fabregas. He definitely has those skills.”

He added: “I think overall we are a team that collectively is always improving and also in an individual sense. We are seeing that every single week.

“It’s clear that for the three English players that we have here at Southampton it is very good to maintain those high standards they have shown over the season.

“It’s only going to increase their chances of going to Brazil so it’s very good for them.

“It’s very good for us as well. We keep on improving as a team and we are delighting our fans with these amazing home performances.”

The England hopefuls are beginning to make an almost irresistible case for selection for Brazil and Pochettino acknowledged that is good news for Saints.

“We work during the week to do that, to maintain our very hard standards,” he admitted.

“They are very much aware that they need to keep performing that way to increase their chances of going to Brazil.

“They are doing that already.”

When asked if he would support England in the World Cup until they play Argentina he joked: “To be completely honest I will be cheering for all of my players that are going to be present at the World Cup and I hope all of them go as far as possible.

“I would love it if one of our players was actually able to win the World Cup.”

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8:39am Mon 31 Mar 14

Rudolf Hucker says...

Adam Lallana - THE ENGLISH MESSI AH !!!!!!!!!!
Adam Lallana - THE ENGLISH MESSI AH !!!!!!!!!! Rudolf Hucker
  • Score: 16

8:54am Mon 31 Mar 14

aldermoorboy says...

All 4 to go to Brazil, England to win the world cup, it could happen, believe.
All 4 to go to Brazil, England to win the world cup, it could happen, believe. aldermoorboy
  • Score: 11

11:10am Mon 31 Mar 14

Winman says...

It's a simple equation:

Develop good English players with positive team attitude = successful team and potential internationals = players coming through the excellent academy and youngsters wanting to come to the club = more success; attractive football; healthy bank balance = happy days!
It's a simple equation: Develop good English players with positive team attitude = successful team and potential internationals = players coming through the excellent academy and youngsters wanting to come to the club = more success; attractive football; healthy bank balance = happy days! Winman
  • Score: 10

2:43pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Costa Baz says...

Adam's confidence, under MP has soared, and I remember him coming on to the pitch, against Denmark, and immediately start to gee up the other players, by clapping his hands at them (the way footballers do).
Can't imagine him doing that 12 months ago. He's clearly changed, but not in the Clattenberg sense.

His ability to use both feet equally well, puts many other "top" players to shame. Not just the goal, Saturday, but the perfect cross for Rickie's goal, as well.
Adam's confidence, under MP has soared, and I remember him coming on to the pitch, against Denmark, and immediately start to gee up the other players, by clapping his hands at them (the way footballers do). Can't imagine him doing that 12 months ago. He's clearly changed, but not in the Clattenberg sense. His ability to use both feet equally well, puts many other "top" players to shame. Not just the goal, Saturday, but the perfect cross for Rickie's goal, as well. Costa Baz
  • Score: 9

5:52pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Clever Dick says...

Well done Adam. I've heard plenty of comments about not being good enough for the Prem. Especially at the start of last season. It's a bit like Sir Richard as well. Both are plenty good enough and still getting better. Amazing what a bit of confidence and self belief can do. Keep it up and keep getting better.
Well done Adam. I've heard plenty of comments about not being good enough for the Prem. Especially at the start of last season. It's a bit like Sir Richard as well. Both are plenty good enough and still getting better. Amazing what a bit of confidence and self belief can do. Keep it up and keep getting better. Clever Dick
  • Score: 2

8:31pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Solentbiker says...

This time last year i wasn't looking forward to this World Cup at all. My passion for English football was dwindling and thought we have got no hope in Brazil if we get there at all. The way the 4 Saints England hopefuls have played and impressed since has re-ignited my passion, my enthusiasm to actually think we can progress well in Brazil. We only need Roy to see the potential that our boys can produce on the grand stage. They'll all be awesome. I for one can't wait to watch the World Cup and see our boys knock em for six. COYS.
This time last year i wasn't looking forward to this World Cup at all. My passion for English football was dwindling and thought we have got no hope in Brazil if we get there at all. The way the 4 Saints England hopefuls have played and impressed since has re-ignited my passion, my enthusiasm to actually think we can progress well in Brazil. We only need Roy to see the potential that our boys can produce on the grand stage. They'll all be awesome. I for one can't wait to watch the World Cup and see our boys knock em for six. COYS. Solentbiker
  • Score: 3

4:30pm Tue 1 Apr 14

alanstreet46 says...

I think that AL should be in First Class on the Brazil-bound aircraft (as he's such a first class player) - the rest can sit in Economy.
I think that AL should be in First Class on the Brazil-bound aircraft (as he's such a first class player) - the rest can sit in Economy. alanstreet46
  • Score: 1

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