Merson claims that injured attacker will make England squad for World Cup

Former England forward Paul Merson has insisted that Liverpool attacker Adam Lallana will make the Three Lions squad for the 2018 World Cup.

Lallana has not played any club or international football this season after picking up a thigh injury during Liverpool’s preparations for the 2017-18 campaign.

The 29-year-old is expected to return to action before the end of 2017, but it had been claimed that a lack of football this season would harm his involvement in the World Cup.

Merson, however, has said that Lallana is ‘a shoe-in’ to make Gareth Southgate’s squad due to his ability to unlock tight defences.

Merson told Sky Sports:

“Lallana, like Wilshere, is another player who can unpick tight defences, so┬áhe’s a shoe-in.”

Lallana has scored three times in 33 appearances for England since making his debut for the national team in 2013.

The Three Lions booked their spot at next summer’s tournament courtesy of a 1-0 win over Slovenia on Thursday night. Southgate’s side will round off their qualification campaign with a trip to Lithuania on Sunday.