Adam Lallana Gets First England Call-Up for World Cup Qualifier Against Ukraine
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Adam Lallana, Liverpool's Raheem Sterling and Jake Livermore of Tottenham Hotspur were called into the England squad for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Ukraine after John Terry, Ashley Cole and Theo Walcott were ruled out for various injuries and illnesses.
Lallana is no stranger to representing England, as he has done so previously at the Under 18, Under 19 and Under 21 levels. Lallana will join up with former Southampton teammate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was in the starting 11 in Friday's 5-0 victory over Moldova.
"I'm totally shocked to be honest, and I didn't think (Southampton manager Nigel Adkins) was being serious when he called to tell me this morning," Lallana admitted to the Southampton website.
"I was at home about to head into the training ground when (Adkins) called—I think I must have asked if he was having me on a dozen times!"
England manager Roy Hodgson wasn't shy about his praise for Lallana.
"Lallana's a player I've known about and watched when Southampton were in the First Division, because as a club coach he's been on the radar of players to watch" Hodgson said in an article from ESPN.com. "It's good that he's confirmed what we all thought: that he is a talent."
Hodgson was realistic that Lallana, Sterling and Livermore were unlikely to feature much in Tuesday's game, however.
"We still have enough good players to be able to deal with the game, but it's always good when you have the chance to invite these players to come in and see how things are," Hodgson continued in the ESPN.com article.
Even if Lallana isn't asked to play, he is happy to be a part of the experience.
"I've been called up quite late so I'm realistic in accepting I might not be that heavily involved, but the fact that I will be around such experienced international players is something I am really excited about," Lallana told the Southampton website.
"Even if I don't get the chance to feature, it's nice to know that you are in the thoughts of the national manager."
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