The European Championships are fast approaching and Liverpool’s Adam Lallana should make Roy Hodgson’s starting eleven.
Since the appointment of Jürgen Klopp at Liverpool, Lallana has replicated, and questionably surpassed, the form he displayed at Southampton.
Lallana has played a total of 3,415 minutes this season and prior to the arrival of James Milner, covered the most distance of any Reds player.
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The 28-year-old lives by his one of his managers key philosophies: “Run, run and run”. A concept shared by England boss Hodgson.
England fans are baffled as to why Hodgson, on countless occasions, has opted to play Danny Welbeck ahead of the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge.
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Hodgson is an admirer of Welbeck’s work rate, as it compensates for the unwillingness of players like Rooney and Sturridge to chase.
Prior to Welbeck suffering a knee injury in last weekend’s top four clash against Manchester City, Match of the Day pundit Danny Murphy thought the striker was a shoo-in for a Euro’s starting place.
Nevertheless, Welbeck’s loss is Lallana’s gain.
The playmaker has featured for Liverpool 47 times this campaign, scoring seven goals and providing eight for his teammates.
His statistics are not as impressive when compared to the likes of Tottenham’s Deli Alli, who has played one less game, netting ten times and assisting eleven goals. Nevertheless why not play both?
Very few are dedicated to watching England as they do their club.
The reason for their lack of interest prior to major tournaments is an indecisiveness in forward play.
For the first time since the 2006 World Cup, in which England were one of the tournament favourites, an array of attacking potential is available.
The likes of Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane have scored twenty plus goals in the Premier League, more than Wayne Rooney who netted 14 goals in the 2005/2006 campaign.
Hodgson must select a team that caters more than anything to these two players, and Adam Lallana possesses the traits to do so.
For the first time in a long time, England fans may enjoy watching their country play.
Who knows their may be another footballing miracle to occur this year. England win the Euro's.
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