England newbie targets World Cup berth

Adam Lallana (England)Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana is hopeful that he can maintain his spot in Roy Hodgson’s England squad following his debut last week.

The playmaker secured two caps in during the Three Lions’ defeats to Chile and Germany, and was one of the only rays of light in an otherwise disappointing few days for the national team.

Lallana was a surprise call-up by Hodgson, who has been impressed by his start to the season with the high-flying Saints.

Despite being a new name in the squad, rumours that he could make the final 23 for the World Cup next summer have already kicked into gear.

Lallana is desperate to make the trip to South America, and says that he will be doing his utmost to maintain a spot in the England set-up.

“Playing in the two games has given me even more drive to go back and perform week in week out with Southampton because I’m desperate to be in the next squad and get to Brazil,” he told The Mirror.

“Playing at Wembley for England is something I have always dreamed of.

“The hairs on the back of my neck stood up when I walked out in front of a packed crowd. To get two caps at Wembley against tough opposition is a proud moment for me and my family but I don’t want that to be it. I want more.

“It’s a step up in quality, but it’s where I want to be.

“International football is the pinnacle, it’s where the best football is played and this experience makes me hungry for more.”

Lallana’s versatility may work to his advantage when Hodgson comes to select his final squad, with the 25-year-old able to operate on either flank or just behind the main striker in a 4-2-3-1 system.

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