Lallana not counting on World Cup place yet

Basingstoke Gazette: Adam Lallana in action for England against Denmark at Wembley Adam Lallana in action for England against Denmark at Wembley

Adam Lallana is taking nothing for granted when it comes to the World Cup, despite another star turn in an England shirt.

The Saints captain was an influential figure in tonight’s 1-0 win against Denmark, setting up Daniel Sturridge’s winner.

Lallana came off the bench in the second half at Wembley and posed a puzzle that the visitors could not solve.

The midfielder looks as though he will be heading to Brazil this summer, but he insists there is no complacency on his part.

“I’ve just got to keep working hard,” he said.

“The carrot’s there for everyone to see, for all the lads here.

“There’s probably going to be injuries, there’s going to be disappointment along the way, but as long as I give it my all that’s all I can do.”

Lallana added: “Nothing’s guaranteed. It’s been proven over the last couple of years that’s the case.

“If anything, I’ve got to work even harder now, as Shawy has, Jay-Rod and Rickie, and we’ll see what happens at the end of the season.”

Lallana’s appearance tonight meant a third international cap, but this was a first victory for the 25-year-old, having been on the losing side in his initial two England appearances.

“I’m delighted, most of all really because last time out we had two defeats, against Chile and Germany, so it was great to be involved in a winning England display,” he said.

“I just gave my best and that’s all you can do, as everyone else does.

“We know it’s the last time that we meet up before [Roy Hodgson] names his 30-man squad at the end of the season.

“There’s still ten really important club games, not just for ourselves, but for our clubs as well, so I’ll be concentrating on that now; getting back to the club, keeping fit, in good form, and hopefully get three points at Palace at the weekend.”

Discussing his role in the goal, Lallana said: “I just remember it was a corner, which we took short, and I think I cut back on my left, just stood it up, and Sturridge does what he does best – put the ball away.”

Lallana was full of praise for his teammate, Luke Shaw, who produced an impressive display at left-back in the second half, as he bids to beat Ashley Cole to a place in the World Cup squad.

“He’s been absolutely tremendous,” he said. “It was there for everyone to see how relaxed and calm he was, how level-headed and how comfortable he looked out there.

“But he knows he’s got a lot of work to do again.

“There’s two hugely-talented experienced players ahead of him, and they were great with him this week in making him settle, and it was a special evening for him today.”

Lallana added: “It’s outstanding to see. He came on today and showed the world really how confident and calm he is, and what an exceptionally talented left-back he is.

“That will be the first of many international caps.

“When Rooney and Gerrard and the likes of them compliment him there’s not much really for me to say.

“I had a word with him before he went on and told him to get his first pass off.

“What a great gesture it was that Gerrard gave him the ball straight away and gave him that first touch, because, at the end of the day, he’s only 18, he’s a kid still and it was a big thing tonight him playing.”

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11:26pm Wed 5 Mar 14

DisplacedFan says...

What a class act our captain and our Saints players are. If I wasn't proud enough already, Adam raised the bar.
What a class act our captain and our Saints players are. If I wasn't proud enough already, Adam raised the bar. DisplacedFan
  • Score: 20

11:31pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Santa Retfordia says...

Was it just me who thought Adam was the difference tonight? He HAS to start in Brazil.
Was it just me who thought Adam was the difference tonight? He HAS to start in Brazil. Santa Retfordia
  • Score: 13

11:37pm Wed 5 Mar 14

City Saint says...

I was at Wembley (still trying to get a train home at Waterloo) and can confirm that however good Lallana and Shaw might have looked on telly, they looked absolutely fantastic in the side in real life tonight. They linked up brilliantly on the left, showing their club connections, and played well with the midfield in general. I don't think they could have done much more. I think they are on their way! Cole looked decent in the first half, but he's yesterday's man, and he's had his chances. Time to blood in the Shaman!
I was at Wembley (still trying to get a train home at Waterloo) and can confirm that however good Lallana and Shaw might have looked on telly, they looked absolutely fantastic in the side in real life tonight. They linked up brilliantly on the left, showing their club connections, and played well with the midfield in general. I don't think they could have done much more. I think they are on their way! Cole looked decent in the first half, but he's yesterday's man, and he's had his chances. Time to blood in the Shaman! City Saint
  • Score: 15

11:39pm Wed 5 Mar 14

City Saint says...

Santa Retfordia wrote:
Was it just me who thought Adam was the difference tonight? He HAS to start in Brazil.
After the match I met a couple of fellas in the bar, one a Brentford fan the other a Newcastle fan. They picked Lallana as the force that changed the game, and that was before they knew I was a saint.
[quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: Was it just me who thought Adam was the difference tonight? He HAS to start in Brazil.[/p][/quote]After the match I met a couple of fellas in the bar, one a Brentford fan the other a Newcastle fan. They picked Lallana as the force that changed the game, and that was before they knew I was a saint. City Saint
  • Score: 10

11:52pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Santa Retfordia says...

City Saint wrote:
Santa Retfordia wrote: Was it just me who thought Adam was the difference tonight? He HAS to start in Brazil.
After the match I met a couple of fellas in the bar, one a Brentford fan the other a Newcastle fan. They picked Lallana as the force that changed the game, and that was before they knew I was a saint.
That's good to know. Lalz came on after Wilshere had done literally nothing and all of a sudden the hunger in the entire team shot up. The way he went and claimed that corner before beating a player and knocking in a beautiful ball for the winner was outstanding. If we had 11 players with his attitude we'd be laughing.
[quote][p][bold]City Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: Was it just me who thought Adam was the difference tonight? He HAS to start in Brazil.[/p][/quote]After the match I met a couple of fellas in the bar, one a Brentford fan the other a Newcastle fan. They picked Lallana as the force that changed the game, and that was before they knew I was a saint.[/p][/quote]That's good to know. Lalz came on after Wilshere had done literally nothing and all of a sudden the hunger in the entire team shot up. The way he went and claimed that corner before beating a player and knocking in a beautiful ball for the winner was outstanding. If we had 11 players with his attitude we'd be laughing. Santa Retfordia
  • Score: 8

12:34am Thu 6 Mar 14

only1chopper says...

Just shows that you dont have to play for a top 6 club to play for England. I really feel that playing in the lower leagues can make you appreciate the game and toughen you up ready for the big boys!
Just shows that you dont have to play for a top 6 club to play for England. I really feel that playing in the lower leagues can make you appreciate the game and toughen you up ready for the big boys! only1chopper
  • Score: 6

7:17am Thu 6 Mar 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

It will be a tragedy if he is not in the squad . Class act with idea s to change the game . England need him to progress .
It will be a tragedy if he is not in the squad . Class act with idea s to change the game . England need him to progress . SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: 2

7:36am Thu 6 Mar 14

AdamG10 says...

Thank goodness for Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw last night. They were both superb. As soon as they were both on the pitch there seemed to be a little more energy, creativity and pace about the game. Sturridge was his usual ball greedy self and could of played Luke in so many times on the left but, decided to go it alone more often than not and head down the middle into a hoard of red shirts and lose the ball. The only way Henderson should be on that plane to Brazil is a steward! Jack Cork would have done a better job. I felt our two saints shone brightly last night amidst what was a really woeful England performance. The future is clear Mr Hodgson, start with the Saints lads in Brazil! That includes SRL and Jay Rod too! Infact just take all the English saints lads they won't let the country down!
Thank goodness for Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw last night. They were both superb. As soon as they were both on the pitch there seemed to be a little more energy, creativity and pace about the game. Sturridge was his usual ball greedy self and could of played Luke in so many times on the left but, decided to go it alone more often than not and head down the middle into a hoard of red shirts and lose the ball. The only way Henderson should be on that plane to Brazil is a steward! Jack Cork would have done a better job. I felt our two saints shone brightly last night amidst what was a really woeful England performance. The future is clear Mr Hodgson, start with the Saints lads in Brazil! That includes SRL and Jay Rod too! Infact just take all the English saints lads they won't let the country down! AdamG10
  • Score: 4

7:37am Thu 6 Mar 14

saint christopher says...

Great night for both of them and for Saints in general.

Brazil? Lallana now a definitebut Shaw unfortunately could still lose out - Baines is a cert and it's 50/50 with Cole. Still a class act and in spite of not playing the whole tme with Chelsea it's not in Hogson's character to be that ruthless - lot easier to say "WC has come 1 year too soon for Luke etc etc".

As for RL and JR I just can't see them making the final selection of say 5 strikers unless they suddenly start doing what they haven't done up until now which is to regularly hit the back of the net, or at least threaten to. Their non-selection last night doesn't auger well. Just annoying that a total waste of space £300k a week striker who continually flatters to deceive in an England shirt will still automatically be first on every team sheet.

Form over the next 6 weeks and injuries may yet open and close doors.
Great night for both of them and for Saints in general. Brazil? Lallana now a definitebut Shaw unfortunately could still lose out - Baines is a cert and it's 50/50 with Cole. Still a class act and in spite of not playing the whole tme with Chelsea it's not in Hogson's character to be that ruthless - lot easier to say "WC has come 1 year too soon for Luke etc etc". As for RL and JR I just can't see them making the final selection of say 5 strikers unless they suddenly start doing what they haven't done up until now which is to regularly hit the back of the net, or at least threaten to. Their non-selection last night doesn't auger well. Just annoying that a total waste of space £300k a week striker who continually flatters to deceive in an England shirt will still automatically be first on every team sheet. Form over the next 6 weeks and injuries may yet open and close doors. saint christopher
  • Score: 2

7:44am Thu 6 Mar 14

Blackknight says...

A note of caution from Saints history on Adam Lallana's match changing performance last night.

Matt Le Tissier made 8 England appearances,

In the run up to the 1998 World Cup, Le Tissier scored a hat-trick in a 4–1 victory for England B against Russia B, at Loftus Road; despite this, he was controversially overlooked by the then manager Glenn Hoddle.

Matt scored 47 of the 48 penalties he took, I assume without the help of psychologist Dr Steven Peters. England exited the tournament after losing to Argentina in a penalty shoot-out.

No doubt in my mind, Adam should be on the plane to Brazil and Luke Shaw only enhanced his chances with his performance last night. Shame Ricky and Jay Rod didn't feature; so not sure where this leaves their chances.
A note of caution from Saints history on Adam Lallana's match changing performance last night. Matt Le Tissier made 8 England appearances, In the run up to the 1998 World Cup, Le Tissier scored a hat-trick in a 4–1 victory for England B against Russia B, at Loftus Road; despite this, he was controversially overlooked by the then manager Glenn Hoddle. Matt scored 47 of the 48 penalties he took, I assume without the help of psychologist Dr Steven Peters. England exited the tournament after losing to Argentina in a penalty shoot-out. No doubt in my mind, Adam should be on the plane to Brazil and Luke Shaw only enhanced his chances with his performance last night. Shame Ricky and Jay Rod didn't feature; so not sure where this leaves their chances. Blackknight
  • Score: 1

7:57am Thu 6 Mar 14

saintmicky says...

Lallana to Brazil should be a given. On a different note all those who went to Leicester away at the beginning of the championship season were commenting on how smart Kasper would look in a Saints goalkeepers shirt! We had about 25 shots on target, and lost 3-2 he made some amazing stops one of which a double or triple save, he stopped by sitting on the ball. I for one still think he might look good in a Saints goalkeepers shirt.
Lallana to Brazil should be a given. On a different note all those who went to Leicester away at the beginning of the championship season were commenting on how smart Kasper would look in a Saints goalkeepers shirt! We had about 25 shots on target, and lost 3-2 he made some amazing stops one of which a double or triple save, he stopped by sitting on the ball. I for one still think he might look good in a Saints goalkeepers shirt. saintmicky
  • Score: 7

10:35am Thu 6 Mar 14

el caballo santos101 says...

Blackknight wrote:
A note of caution from Saints history on Adam Lallana's match changing performance last night.

Matt Le Tissier made 8 England appearances,

In the run up to the 1998 World Cup, Le Tissier scored a hat-trick in a 4–1 victory for England B against Russia B, at Loftus Road; despite this, he was controversially overlooked by the then manager Glenn Hoddle.

Matt scored 47 of the 48 penalties he took, I assume without the help of psychologist Dr Steven Peters. England exited the tournament after losing to Argentina in a penalty shoot-out.

No doubt in my mind, Adam should be on the plane to Brazil and Luke Shaw only enhanced his chances with his performance last night. Shame Ricky and Jay Rod didn't feature; so not sure where this leaves their chances.
the difference though is that the manager back then was, as you say, hoddle.
hoddle didn't like matt for some reason, he never has said why.

its shouldn't be now a choice of if lalla is on the plane but whether he should start instead of the inept Wilshire.

luke should also be on the plane instead of Cole who despite not playing regular first team football for chelski looked tired and kept getting caught out of position.
[quote][p][bold]Blackknight[/bold] wrote: A note of caution from Saints history on Adam Lallana's match changing performance last night. Matt Le Tissier made 8 England appearances, In the run up to the 1998 World Cup, Le Tissier scored a hat-trick in a 4–1 victory for England B against Russia B, at Loftus Road; despite this, he was controversially overlooked by the then manager Glenn Hoddle. Matt scored 47 of the 48 penalties he took, I assume without the help of psychologist Dr Steven Peters. England exited the tournament after losing to Argentina in a penalty shoot-out. No doubt in my mind, Adam should be on the plane to Brazil and Luke Shaw only enhanced his chances with his performance last night. Shame Ricky and Jay Rod didn't feature; so not sure where this leaves their chances.[/p][/quote]the difference though is that the manager back then was, as you say, hoddle. hoddle didn't like matt for some reason, he never has said why. its shouldn't be now a choice of if lalla is on the plane but whether he should start instead of the inept Wilshire. luke should also be on the plane instead of Cole who despite not playing regular first team football for chelski looked tired and kept getting caught out of position. el caballo santos101
  • Score: 0

7:03pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Positively4thStreet says...

No comments from Saints need physical and mental toughness on this thread yet...strange?
No comments from Saints need physical and mental toughness on this thread yet...strange? Positively4thStreet
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