ENGLAND coach Gary Neville has hinted that Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert could be considered for international callups.
National team manager Roy Hodgson was at St Mary’s yesterday, watching the duo produce impressive performances in Saints’ 3-2 defeat against Manchester United.
Neville, who was also at the game in his capacity as a pundit for Sky Sports, was asked in commentary whether Lallana could have a future in the England set-up.
“The thing about Lallana is that you want to see him at the highest level,” said Neville.
“The game against Manchester City on the first game of the season and this particular game he’s doing his chances no harm.
“I think that’s the key for him, to play at this level.
“He’s been fantastic from start to finish and any English player who’s got that level of skill and ability and who performs week in week out must be in with a chance.”
Another player the home fans are keen to see recognised by his country is Lambert, with chants of “Lambert for England” ringing round the stadium yesterday.
Ahead of the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine, Neville was asked about the 30-year-old striker too, saying: “Well, Andy Carroll pulled out, so you never know.”
Any hopes of a shock callup this week for Lambert were dashed last night, though, as it was confirmed that Hodgson would not be bringing in a replacement for the injured Carroll.
However, like Lallana, Saints’ number seven did his future chances no harm with a menacing display against United, scoring the opener and setting up his side’s second.
Nigel Adkins was certainly quick to hail his performance.
“Rickie Lambert had a superb game for us up front, his physical presence,” he said.
“He gave us that out ball from a physical point of view and scored an outstanding goal.
“Something we talked about and worked on at the training ground the last couple of days, of getting players in little pockets, areas, to put little diagonals in and Jason Puncheon put a superb cross in for Rickie to go and score.”