Adam Lallana leaves England training with ankle strapped up

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England fans were given quite the scare on Friday afternoon after Adam Lallana returned from training with some significant strapping around his right ankle.

The Liverpool winger is one of five England players to have started every Euro 2016 game so far and appears to be a key part of Roy Hodgson's plans.

However, there is now concern that Lallana will have to sit out England's Round of 16 game against Iceland, which takes place in Nice on Monday evening.


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Journalists on the scene say that the icepack was used purely as a precaution and Lallana is expected to train this weekend ahead of the knockout tie.

But his potential absence may be a blessing in disguise, at least if Manchester United hero Dwight Yorke is someone to go by.

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Yorke not happy

He recently claimed that Lallana should be nowhere near the England team and even claimed he could still run rings around the former Southampton star.

Yorke said: "Lallana doesn't score enough goals and he's had chance after chance. At international level, you can't afford to carry people,' said Yorke, who faced England for Trinidad & Tobago at the 2006 World Cup.

"He hasn't really succeeded at Liverpool yet he walks into Roy Hodgson's team. It's bizarre. What has he done so far?

"I know it's all about opinion but Lallana gives me nothing. He has proven it in the two games he's played; he has not scored, he has not created a goal. He just hasn't got it.

"Listen the guy is a decent player, but you are talking about the first eleven for England and he's in it. It's madness.

"I could play against Lallana now and he wouldn't get past me. He couldn't out-football me. Sterling would make me look like an old man."

Stats don't lie

Although Lallana has been praised for the level of his performance in England's Euro 2016 campaign, it is true that the £25m man has missed several opportunities to score. Indeed, he has taken a total of eight shots and missed every time.

Meanwhile, strikers of pedigree sit on the bench while Jack Wilshere also has experience playing on the right-wing for Arsenal. Hodgson has options and if Lallana can't prove an effective source of goals, he may be dropped.

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