Dyer always saw Lallana as a star

Adam Lallana

Adam Lallana

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NATHAN Dyer was confident Adam Lallana would play for England a decade ago – and reckons his former Saints academy teammate is a World Cup cert.

Saints have come a long way since Dyer’s cut-price £400,000 move Swansea City five years ago, when the club were in administration and preparing to begin life in League One with minus ten points.

But Dyer, 26, has been an admirer of Lallana’s talent for several years now. They were part of the same Saints youth team that reached the FA Youth Cup final in 2005.

And Dyer is in no doubt that Lallana, who turns 26 on Saturday, will receive the perfect birthday present by being included in Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad next week. “I’m very pleased for Adam, he’s proved that he can play at that level, but I’m not surprised,” said the Swansea winger, who scored against Saints on his return to St Mary's last season. “I don’t think there are many two-footed players like him in the Premiership and that’s a great talent to have.

“He’s literally been like that since I was in the youth team with him, and he’s grown up and matured. “Our youth team was packed with talent and [former academy coach] Georges Prost was amazing for us; he showed us how to play the right way.

“Adam’s been like that all season. I’m so happy for him and that he’ll get a chance for England, he’s a great guy.” Dyer came on soon after Lallana, right, was replaced by Rickie Lambert, whose bizarre late winner ensured Saints left the Liberty Stadium having secured their highest Premier League points tally since taking 54 from 42 games in 1994-95.

“I know some people say we don’t look to the history but we knew about it for a long time and we were desperate to break it because we know that it’s a big achievement,” said Lambert. “To have achieved what we have over the past four years and then to progress to where we are now tops off everything – it’s been superb. “It’s full credit to everyone from top to the bottom. It’s been a pleasure to play alongside everyone.”

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7:20am Mon 5 May 14

MisterGrimsdale says...

Or more likely......... Dyer saw that Lallana was in the showers but his wallet was still in his jacket pocket........
Or more likely......... Dyer saw that Lallana was in the showers but his wallet was still in his jacket pocket........ MisterGrimsdale
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11:12am Mon 5 May 14

itsnotjustice says...

nathan dyer bought shame to the club... he isnt worthy enough to even talk about us or lallana..
nathan dyer bought shame to the club... he isnt worthy enough to even talk about us or lallana.. itsnotjustice
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3:57pm Mon 5 May 14

Saints Need Physical and Mental Toughness says...

Swansea manager Monk noted that Vorm didn't have to make a single (real) save all day before the goal...What? Wonderboy was on the pitch for all of 62 minutes. Surely, Monk won't have forgotten about all the glorious opportunities that Adam created during that time. Sorry, hero-worshipping happy-clappers: unless Saints can find a league to play in where Adam has 30 yards of space to play in every time he gets the ball, his "star" days are over. The only way he'll ever be effective in the Premier League is if he gets in a top 2-3 side that can get him that space. On Saints' budget, that won't happen.
Swansea manager Monk noted that Vorm didn't have to make a single (real) save all day before the goal...What? Wonderboy was on the pitch for all of 62 minutes. Surely, Monk won't have forgotten about all the glorious opportunities that Adam created during that time. Sorry, hero-worshipping happy-clappers: unless Saints can find a league to play in where Adam has 30 yards of space to play in every time he gets the ball, his "star" days are over. The only way he'll ever be effective in the Premier League is if he gets in a top 2-3 side that can get him that space. On Saints' budget, that won't happen. Saints Need Physical and Mental Toughness
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4:35pm Mon 5 May 14

MisterGrimsdale says...

Saints Need Physical and Mental Toughness wrote:
Swansea manager Monk noted that Vorm didn't have to make a single (real) save all day before the goal...What? Wonderboy was on the pitch for all of 62 minutes. Surely, Monk won't have forgotten about all the glorious opportunities that Adam created during that time. Sorry, hero-worshipping happy-clappers: unless Saints can find a league to play in where Adam has 30 yards of space to play in every time he gets the ball, his "star" days are over. The only way he'll ever be effective in the Premier League is if he gets in a top 2-3 side that can get him that space. On Saints' budget, that won't happen.
Even I can see the nonsense shining through that post. So the other 36 games this season in which Lallana rose to become England's next great hope didn;t happen then? Everything Lallana did through the whole season was cancelled out by the most recent 62 minutes? For your homework go ad watch all this season's games again and then contemplate your muppetry.
[quote][p][bold]Saints Need Physical and Mental Toughness[/bold] wrote: Swansea manager Monk noted that Vorm didn't have to make a single (real) save all day before the goal...What? Wonderboy was on the pitch for all of 62 minutes. Surely, Monk won't have forgotten about all the glorious opportunities that Adam created during that time. Sorry, hero-worshipping happy-clappers: unless Saints can find a league to play in where Adam has 30 yards of space to play in every time he gets the ball, his "star" days are over. The only way he'll ever be effective in the Premier League is if he gets in a top 2-3 side that can get him that space. On Saints' budget, that won't happen.[/p][/quote]Even I can see the nonsense shining through that post. So the other 36 games this season in which Lallana rose to become England's next great hope didn;t happen then? Everything Lallana did through the whole season was cancelled out by the most recent 62 minutes? For your homework go ad watch all this season's games again and then contemplate your muppetry. MisterGrimsdale
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