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Adam Lallana can be a vital player for England at Euro 2016

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It wouldn't be a Euros summer without an early dose of disappointment for England fans.

Amidst the heartbreak of Russia's late equaliser, though, plenty of people will have done very well on DraftKings this week - at least those with the foresight to pick Adam Lallana.


Lallana was England's key man as they dominated the game, outshining Raheem Sterling on the other side of the Three Lions' attack. His team-mates might not have been able to put the game to bed, but he at least gave them plenty of chances to do so.

If the Liverpool man puts in another performance like that, he'll definitely be a good pick for DraftKings' fantasy football line-up.

The big points are coming

Although he didn't pick up any of the big points against Russia, that doesn't mean he isn't capable. Last season, he scored 9 goals and created 8 for his team-mates, finding the back of the net twice in the final month of the campaign, including an important strike against Villarreal in the Europa League.

Against Russia, he put plenty of balls into the box, with each cross earning him +0.75 fantasy points. If Harry Kane can actually convert one of them against Wales, Lallana is set to notch +6 points for an assist.

All the signs were there to indicate that England, and Lallana in particular, can go one better against Wales, though they will be faced with a tough test considering the performance of Chris Coleman's side against Slovakia.

The Walker/Lallana combo

Lallana will be key, combining with Kyle Walker down the right and aiming to test Wales and Spurs left-back Ben Davies, who showed what he could do in the group's opening game. The importance of Walker's runs shouldn't be underestimated, but it is Lallana who will most likely be charged with the final ball.

The former Southampton midfielder is undoubtedly going to be difficult to handle because of the way he knocks the ball about. Roy Hodgson's new system clearly doesn't suit everybody, with Kane, in particular, looking out of sorts, but for Lallana, it really gives him an opportunity to show that he can make a big difference.

A fine Euro 2016

The 28-year-old has been linked with a move to a Champions League club this summer and it is easy to see why. And now that DraftKings have reduced the team to eight players, he is exactly the sort of player needed, as he can contribute in so many different areas.

Given the number of free-kicks he won in the Russia game, he should earn plenty of +1 points for fouls drawn, but he's also not afraid to track back and make tackles when needed, which are also worth +1 point each.

It remains to be seen whether Hodgson is going to opt for the same system against Wales, but after such a fine performance on Saturday night, he's certainly going to do whatever he can to make sure Lallana pulls the strings once again for England.

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