Amongst the excitement of the Premiership title race and the nail-biting moments as the end approaches, we must start to turn our attention to the World Cup and the England squad.
With the squad yet to be announced, one player that truly deserves his place on the plane to Brazil is Southampton’s Adam Lallana.
Lallana has enjoyed a season which is probably beyond his wildest dreams. The Southampton captain has amazed us all with his ability and talent and is now one of the favourites not only to be a squad member, but a starter for England.
Lallana is an essential player in anyone’s team and Roy has no other option than to pick him in his 23. Lallana is adaptable and solves the long running problem of a lack of a left-sided player. He can play on both flanks, and always has an eye for the goal. He makes intelligent runs, he dribbles, he influences the game. He is a player of great quality and talent. He is versatile and can definitely handle the step up to international football. He is the perfect man for the job.
Lallana began his career with Southampton as a youth player in 2000, signing professional terms in 2006 and has remained at the club since, recently becoming captain in 2012. He made his first Premier League appearance on the opening day of the 2012-13 season, setting up a goal and proudly wearing the captains armband in a 3-2 defeat to Manchester City. In April of this year, Lallana was named in the PFA Team of the Year, alongside teammate Luke Shaw.
Scoring nine goals for Southampton this season, Lallana was voted Player’s Player of the season and also picked up the award for goal of the season against Hull City. The number 20 said:
“that was my favourite goal. I just remember picking the ball up in the middle of the park and just turning one way, breaking into space and luckily I found the bottom corner”.
Lallana started with the ball 30 yards from goal and dribbled his way past five players into the left-hand side of the 18-yard box, before slotting it past Hull goalkeeper Steve Harper.
Lallana deserves to start for England in Brazil in June. The talent and creativity he brings to the game is just what England needs. He has desire, an eye for the goal, and is not afraid to give his all. England need a spark this summer, and Lallana is just the man.