Having been in such fine form for Southampton this season, it was perhaps a surprise that Lallana didn’t start in Manaus on Saturday. The 26 year old had looked to have played his way into Hodgson’s first eleven around the turn of the New Year.
The Liverpool target recorded a number of impressive strikes including this effort against Newcastle.
Lallana looked dangerous following his introduction against the Italians, and the midfielder has flourished out on the left for his club. However, he perhaps lacks the explosive pace which Hodgson has sought to exploit in England’s attacking play.