Best mate Jamie backs Ad to take World Cup by storm

Adam Lallana in action for England

Adam Lallana in action for England

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SAINTS skipper Adam Lallana has no qualms about shouldering England’s World Cup expectations and should start against Italy – according to best mate Jamie Whisken.

Basingstoke Gazette:

The former AFC Totton defender, best man at Lallana’s wedding last December, has been speaking to his close friend on a daily basis since England jetted out last week and will join him in Brazil tomorrow.

The 26-year-old playmaker – keen to seal a £25m transfer to Liverpool – has largely impressed since making his Three Lions debut against Chile in November.

He was capped in each of England’s five World Cup warm-up matches and played 90 minutes of Saturday’s final run-out – a 0-0 draw with Honduras in Miami.

That outing has since sparked debate over whether boss Roy Hodgson should play it safe with experienced players Danny Welbeck and James Milner or field in-form rookies Lallana and Raheem Sterling in England’s wide positions.

Whisken, made the case for a bold approach and backed his companion’s case ahead of Saturday’s showdown in Manaus.

Asked whether Lallana should start, Whisken said: “Without a shadow of doubt.

“He (Hodgson) will go with Adam on the left and Sterling on the right because that will give the midfield a bit of everything.

“With Henderson and Gerrard in the middle, it will have creativity, flair and work rate.

“The nation would like to see that.

“If we lose or don’t get what we want from the game, people will still want to see us go all out for the win.

“We haven’t got anything to lose this year.

“There is less expectation about this tournament compared with some in the past and fans want to see us go for broke.

“He (Lallana) might not have as many caps as the others but it is nice to see players picked on form and I think that’s what we might go with this time. I hope so.”

Basingstoke Gazette:

Whisken (above), who currently plays for Poole Town, said there was no prospect of Lallana freezing on the big stage.

“His confidence has grown from being round the England squad on a regular basis,” he added.

“He’s a very good trainer and gets a lift from being in that environment day-in, day-out.

“He tells me how the tempo in training is nothing like anything he has experienced before but he’s good enough tactically to deal with it. His first game at Wembley fazed him a little bit, you could tell he was nervous, but I haven’t seen that in him personally or on the pitch since then.

“He is ready.”

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7:04am Tue 10 Jun 14

murfmeister says...

Tomorrow what Adams mum and dad think! Super article
Tomorrow what Adams mum and dad think! Super article murfmeister
  • Score: 16

7:40am Tue 10 Jun 14

saintbobby says...

It would be good if his mate reminds Adam that he signed a contract and what that means!
It would be good if his mate reminds Adam that he signed a contract and what that means! saintbobby
  • Score: 31

7:40am Tue 10 Jun 14

BracknellSaint says...

Echo, what is the point of the following sentence "The 26-year-old playmaker – keen to seal a £25m transfer to Liverpool – has largely impressed since making his Three Lions debut against Chile in November"
Just couldn't resist having a dig even here, could you?! And yet still no direct quotes nor proof that he wants to go to Liverpool? No, thought not...
Echo, what is the point of the following sentence "The 26-year-old playmaker – keen to seal a £25m transfer to Liverpool – has largely impressed since making his Three Lions debut against Chile in November" Just couldn't resist having a dig even here, could you?! And yet still no direct quotes nor proof that he wants to go to Liverpool? No, thought not... BracknellSaint
  • Score: 34

8:27am Tue 10 Jun 14

Jonny Maths says...

I would not start with Lallana against Italy... I have spent many a day advertising my dislike of Milner and Welbeck and how they are not up to playing for England. However after the 3 friendlies and thinking about Italy playing for a draw almost certainly I would have Welbeck on the left and Milner on the right.
I would not start with Lallana against Italy... I have spent many a day advertising my dislike of Milner and Welbeck and how they are not up to playing for England. However after the 3 friendlies and thinking about Italy playing for a draw almost certainly I would have Welbeck on the left and Milner on the right. Jonny Maths
  • Score: -8

9:01am Tue 10 Jun 14

Saint Jinx says...

Back on the subject of transfers, some people may consider that I and others are a bit uncharitable towards the likes of Ricky and Adam, but I am sure everyone realises it all stems from a sense of deep disappointment. A disappointment that began in the 60s when Chivers left, then Channon, Steve Williams, the Wallace brothers, Shearer, Flowers, Ox, Theo, Bale, Bridge..... the list is endless. No wonder the average fan considers us to be a selling club.

What do we have to do? We produce these great players for other clubs to be greater and their "greatness" then attracts even greater players.

Adam Lallana is a good person IMO, but of course we are all gutted to think that he (our player) will be in a Liverpool shirt soon and I am sure in his heart he also feels a deep sadness.
Back on the subject of transfers, some people may consider that I and others are a bit uncharitable towards the likes of Ricky and Adam, but I am sure everyone realises it all stems from a sense of deep disappointment. A disappointment that began in the 60s when Chivers left, then Channon, Steve Williams, the Wallace brothers, Shearer, Flowers, Ox, Theo, Bale, Bridge..... the list is endless. No wonder the average fan considers us to be a selling club. What do we have to do? We produce these great players for other clubs to be greater and their "greatness" then attracts even greater players. Adam Lallana is a good person IMO, but of course we are all gutted to think that he (our player) will be in a Liverpool shirt soon and I am sure in his heart he also feels a deep sadness. Saint Jinx
  • Score: 11

9:39am Tue 10 Jun 14

Jesus_02 says...

@ BracknellSaint:

Journalists are like Wildebeast... they run with the herd. The echo has been sick and lame for a while now... Its only a matter of time.
@ BracknellSaint: Journalists are like Wildebeast... they run with the herd. The echo has been sick and lame for a while now... Its only a matter of time. Jesus_02
  • Score: 8

9:57am Tue 10 Jun 14

jls217 says...

Bloody hell even the players mates are taught how to spout blx for hours and yet say nowt. Getting a bit tired of all the crepe now.
Lallana - "Should I stay or should I go now"
Fan 1 - Stopped giving a sheet a week ago
Fan 2 - Who're you?
Son of Fan one - DIdn't you used to play for Saints.
Journalist - He's off to AC Milan soon.

Me - Bored now.
Bloody hell even the players mates are taught how to spout blx for hours and yet say nowt. Getting a bit tired of all the crepe now. Lallana - "Should I stay or should I go now" Fan 1 - Stopped giving a sheet a week ago Fan 2 - Who're you? Son of Fan one - DIdn't you used to play for Saints. Journalist - He's off to AC Milan soon. Me - Bored now. jls217
  • Score: 1

10:15am Tue 10 Jun 14

Alicesdad says...

MLT / Gordon Watson / Francis Benali and now .. wait for it ... Jamie Whisken

My school magazine used to do better than this.

But I can see that the Echo gets the joke now .. they know this type of comment is coming so they go lookihg for the most obscure comment from unknown people.
MLT / Gordon Watson / Francis Benali and now .. wait for it ... Jamie Whisken My school magazine used to do better than this. But I can see that the Echo gets the joke now .. they know this type of comment is coming so they go lookihg for the most obscure comment from unknown people. Alicesdad
  • Score: 5

12:00pm Tue 10 Jun 14

milton road says...

agreed there has been no quote from Lallana to say he wants to go to Liverpool. If it is the case then Liverpool need to come up with serious dinero up front not on buy now pay back later. The truth Liverrpool have two or three targets and cannot afford Lallana's fee up front the same with Utd and Shaw.
Hodgson needs to keep quiet as well. If they are that keen and that big then they should be able to cough up front, not layer in a lot of add on clauses.No wonder Saints have turned the bids down.
The word is that Hodgson will go with Sterling and Lallana on the bench that was his plan for the last match but could not cos Sterling got sent off.
agreed there has been no quote from Lallana to say he wants to go to Liverpool. If it is the case then Liverpool need to come up with serious dinero up front not on buy now pay back later. The truth Liverrpool have two or three targets and cannot afford Lallana's fee up front the same with Utd and Shaw. Hodgson needs to keep quiet as well. If they are that keen and that big then they should be able to cough up front, not layer in a lot of add on clauses.No wonder Saints have turned the bids down. The word is that Hodgson will go with Sterling and Lallana on the bench that was his plan for the last match but could not cos Sterling got sent off. milton road
  • Score: 0

1:07pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Bazz1955 says...

Players sign a contract to fill the void until something better comes along , the premiership is supposed to be the best league in the world but in reality it is becoming a complete and utter farce, there is the top four or so sides that compete between themselves for the title and there's the rest that compete just to survive, Saints will never be allowed into the upper echelons has it as become abundantly clear, no wonder the likes of Arsene Wenger loves Saints, it's just a feeder club for Arsenal and their ilk and SFC are more than happy to oblige....
Players sign a contract to fill the void until something better comes along , the premiership is supposed to be the best league in the world but in reality it is becoming a complete and utter farce, there is the top four or so sides that compete between themselves for the title and there's the rest that compete just to survive, Saints will never be allowed into the upper echelons has it as become abundantly clear, no wonder the likes of Arsene Wenger loves Saints, it's just a feeder club for Arsenal and their ilk and SFC are more than happy to oblige.... Bazz1955
  • Score: 5

2:25pm Tue 10 Jun 14

CrossofLorraine says...

There's probably only 4-5 clubs in the world (Barca, Real M, MU, Chelski & MCity) that don't lose their best players and that doesn't include Arsenal, come on u saints it could be worse at least ur not playing in League 2 next season!
There's probably only 4-5 clubs in the world (Barca, Real M, MU, Chelski & MCity) that don't lose their best players and that doesn't include Arsenal, come on u saints it could be worse at least ur not playing in League 2 next season! CrossofLorraine
  • Score: 4

4:10pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Rocket 1 says...

CrossofLorraine wrote:
There's probably only 4-5 clubs in the world (Barca, Real M, MU, Chelski & MCity) that don't lose their best players and that doesn't include Arsenal, come on u saints it could be worse at least ur not playing in League 2 next season!
Having seen the Pre-Season Friendlies , are Saints anticipating playing the likes of Bournemouth Swindon and Brighton in Seasons to come??? Just a Thought.............
.......
[quote][p][bold]CrossofLorraine[/bold] wrote: There's probably only 4-5 clubs in the world (Barca, Real M, MU, Chelski & MCity) that don't lose their best players and that doesn't include Arsenal, come on u saints it could be worse at least ur not playing in League 2 next season![/p][/quote]Having seen the Pre-Season Friendlies , are Saints anticipating playing the likes of Bournemouth Swindon and Brighton in Seasons to come??? Just a Thought............. ....... Rocket 1
  • Score: -4

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