Hodgson's praise for Lallana

Adam Lallana

Adam Lallana

First published in Saints News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Reporter

Roy Hodgson says Adam Lallana has played himself into contention for the World Cup and has described the Saints captain as a “major find” for England.

Making only his second appearance for the senior team, Lallana was again one of the better performers for the Three Lions, as they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Germany.

Asked whether the 25-year-old had put himself in the frame for next summer’s tournament in Brazil, Hodgson said: “Yes he has, there is no doubt about that.”

Lallana made an impressive debut in last Friday’s 2-0 defeat against Chile, and he produced one of the few encouraging displays for the national team at Wembley last night.

Assessing the midfielder’s contribution over the past week, England boss Hodgson continued: “Very good, he’s been good in both games.

“He’s been a major find, so when we do take positives from individuals certainly Adam Lallana will be high up on the list.”

With just one friendly left between now and when Hodgson names his provisional squad for the World Cup, Lallana has come to the fore at exactly the right time.

Hodgson added: “I was very happy with his two performances, he has shown he is comfortable on this stage and has a lot of skill.”

While the England manager could smile at the emergence of Lallana, there was little else to cheer him following the defeat against Germany.

Per Mertesacker’s first-half header separated the teams, but, in truth, the gulf between an experimental visiting side and one of the hosts’ strongest available line-ups was greater than that.

“The effort, the work rate and desire, I can’t fault at all. But in the time we had the ball in the German half, we weren’t as efficient as the Germans were when they had the ball in our half.

“The quality of our passing and shooting was not as good as the Germans and we paid the price for set-pieces. We knew set-pieces would be a danger, they had some big players and we were a small team tonight.”

Reflecting on the two games over the last few days, Hodgson added: “We’ve used a lot of players and I think it’s been a positive exercise.

“We’ve learnt a lot, positively on some occasions and on others negatively, but I’m rather disappointed that people have come to watch us in these two games and we’ve not been able to send them home with a good result.”

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11:42pm Tue 19 Nov 13

DisplacedFan says...

Great news for Adam. He has seized the reigns of his destiny. No news on RL? Has his time passed?i hope not.
Great news for Adam. He has seized the reigns of his destiny. No news on RL? Has his time passed?i hope not. DisplacedFan
  • Score: 10

4:37am Wed 20 Nov 13

SaintinCanada says...

DisplacedFan wrote:
Great news for Adam. He has seized the reigns of his destiny. No news on RL? Has his time passed?i hope not.
Rickie was brought on too late in the game to make any kind of difference today. I think he still fits in though.
[quote][p][bold]DisplacedFan[/bold] wrote: Great news for Adam. He has seized the reigns of his destiny. No news on RL? Has his time passed?i hope not.[/p][/quote]Rickie was brought on too late in the game to make any kind of difference today. I think he still fits in though. SaintinCanada
  • Score: 3

6:03am Wed 20 Nov 13

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

SaintinCanada wrote:
DisplacedFan wrote:
Great news for Adam. He has seized the reigns of his destiny. No news on RL? Has his time passed?i hope not.
Rickie was brought on too late in the game to make any kind of difference today. I think he still fits in though.
I think the fact that he didn't look at Rickie with Rooney or replace Rooney with Rickie doesn't bode well. Hope I'm wrong.
[quote][p][bold]SaintinCanada[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DisplacedFan[/bold] wrote: Great news for Adam. He has seized the reigns of his destiny. No news on RL? Has his time passed?i hope not.[/p][/quote]Rickie was brought on too late in the game to make any kind of difference today. I think he still fits in though.[/p][/quote]I think the fact that he didn't look at Rickie with Rooney or replace Rooney with Rickie doesn't bode well. Hope I'm wrong. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 5

7:42am Wed 20 Nov 13

Malcombe says...

Adam covered every blade of grass in both games, he was everywhere on the pitch and enthusiastic and eager to score, it's not nice being on a losing side but let us hope that will change against Arsenal at the weekend, the Arsenal and Chelsea game will show how far Saints have gone up in levels and if they will be in the top 4 or top by Christmas, COYR
Adam covered every blade of grass in both games, he was everywhere on the pitch and enthusiastic and eager to score, it's not nice being on a losing side but let us hope that will change against Arsenal at the weekend, the Arsenal and Chelsea game will show how far Saints have gone up in levels and if they will be in the top 4 or top by Christmas, COYR Malcombe
  • Score: 4

8:24am Wed 20 Nov 13

J7junctionseven says...

Well done Adam.
Anyone got any spare Chelsea away tickets ?
I could do with one for my nipper.
WTFILN
Well done Adam. Anyone got any spare Chelsea away tickets ? I could do with one for my nipper. WTFILN J7junctionseven
  • Score: -2

9:21am Wed 20 Nov 13

expatsaint says...

Hope my red & white striped specs aren't clouding my vision, but Adam looked like the stand-out performer in, what is true, was a rather lack-lustre England team. Apart from AL, there was no real quality; the age-old malaise of giving the ball away in mid field is not improving and Rooney's only contribution was a load of huff & puff. Walker at right back is not the answer but i think we know who is. Cole on the other side was also caught out on numerous occasions - wait a minute, haven't we got the answer for that as well? SRL had no chance to make any real impact but looked composed and massively more potent than Sturridge, who was, frankly, awful.

Overall, a great deal of improvement is needed if we're going to make any impact in Brazil especially when we consider that this was a virtual German 2nd team.
Hope my red & white striped specs aren't clouding my vision, but Adam looked like the stand-out performer in, what is true, was a rather lack-lustre England team. Apart from AL, there was no real quality; the age-old malaise of giving the ball away in mid field is not improving and Rooney's only contribution was a load of huff & puff. Walker at right back is not the answer but i think we know who is. Cole on the other side was also caught out on numerous occasions - wait a minute, haven't we got the answer for that as well? SRL had no chance to make any real impact but looked composed and massively more potent than Sturridge, who was, frankly, awful. Overall, a great deal of improvement is needed if we're going to make any impact in Brazil especially when we consider that this was a virtual German 2nd team. expatsaint
  • Score: 9

10:02am Wed 20 Nov 13

lowe esteem says...

Unlike a certain Manager we all know, this one didn't actually change what was wrong-because it was a friendly, and 'running the rule over'? Hopefully not too late for our boys, who can provide the answer if utilised properly.
Unlike a certain Manager we all know, this one didn't actually change what was wrong-because it was a friendly, and 'running the rule over'? Hopefully not too late for our boys, who can provide the answer if utilised properly. lowe esteem
  • Score: 0

10:10am Wed 20 Nov 13

franiow says...

Good news for Adam...he stood out in both games. Lovely turn in the box...what a goal that could have been. People are too hard on Rooney...he'd be better player in a good side...has to do everything instead o being striker. I woud have liked to see Rooney and Rickie together, but don't read too much into that...I think SRL is in his mind.
Good news for Adam...he stood out in both games. Lovely turn in the box...what a goal that could have been. People are too hard on Rooney...he'd be better player in a good side...has to do everything instead o being striker. I woud have liked to see Rooney and Rickie together, but don't read too much into that...I think SRL is in his mind. franiow
  • Score: 1

10:52am Wed 20 Nov 13

saintgibbo says...

When the Group draw is made in a couple of weeks we will see if a Centre Forward type target man would be an advantage. We have to get through the group stage to progress so i imagine Theo and Alex O-C willbe fit and with Adam playing wide a target man would give us a big chance. Who would Rickies main challenger be? The kn0b from Wet Spam is the only one i can think of.
When the Group draw is made in a couple of weeks we will see if a Centre Forward type target man would be an advantage. We have to get through the group stage to progress so i imagine Theo and Alex O-C willbe fit and with Adam playing wide a target man would give us a big chance. Who would Rickies main challenger be? The kn0b from Wet Spam is the only one i can think of. saintgibbo
  • Score: 1

6:18pm Wed 20 Nov 13

Rudolf Hucker says...

Was it just me, or did anyone else notice that Rooney hardly ever passed to Adam last night??...I think Rooney knows that AL will displace his team mate Wellbeck for that position, and tried to limit Adam's game..
Was it just me, or did anyone else notice that Rooney hardly ever passed to Adam last night??...I think Rooney knows that AL will displace his team mate Wellbeck for that position, and tried to limit Adam's game.. Rudolf Hucker
  • Score: 3

7:26pm Wed 20 Nov 13

memush says...

Adam Lallana and Rickie lambert play togther on the field forSaints week in week out so why doesn t the manager play them together for England. They must know each others game backwards so stupid to see A L taken off and relaced by R L
Adam Lallana and Rickie lambert play togther on the field forSaints week in week out so why doesn t the manager play them together for England. They must know each others game backwards so stupid to see A L taken off and relaced by R L memush
  • Score: 2

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