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Why Southampton's 'Iniesta' can make the World Cup

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Under the thoughtful eye of England assistant manager Ray Lewington, Southampton hero Adam Lallana produced yet another sparkling display in the 4-0 romp over Newcastle United last weekend. 

And it is something that Saints fans have come to expect from their talismanic 25-year-old, who has cemented his importance in Mauricio Pochettino's flair-filled side this season.

Despite a somewhat horrific Newcastle performance, the Saints thrived in another effortless attacking display.

Lallana scored a fantastic 25-yard strike that flew past Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot, and an assist in the demolition that only added to his portfolio of impressive performances this season.

The Saints skipper currently makes up the core of English talent that currently flows in Pochettino's squad. With former Burnley hotshot Jay Rodriguez already providing 15 goals this season, experienced No.9 Rickie Lambert giving a constant supply of tactful striking and future star Luke Shaw already being tipped as a future England full-back, Saints are not short of home-grown talent.  

But it is Lallana who once again won the plaudits with another breathtaking display that saw his manager compare him to current Spanish legends Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Cesc Fabregas. 

His flair, dribbling and vision are obvious key aspects but the attacking midfielder also provides goals, having scored 10 in all competitions this season. Lallana is also a hard worker, frequently dropping back to help with defensive duties. 

And Lallana's form is reflected in Southampton's league position - Pochettino's side currently sit in eighth place, only six points behind Manchester United. This is a long cry from the outfit that in 2010, sat in 22nd place in League One. 

The Saints face a tricky trip to title-chasers Manchester City on Saturday, but with Lallana leading the way in the Southampton midfield, there will be little doubt that the Citizens will be playing a side with Premier League qualities. 

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