St Jakob Park

Next Game

Switzerland v England

Monday, 08 September 2014, 19:45

Euro 2016 Qualifying Group E

Last Game

Costa Rica 0 - 0 England

Tuesday, 24 June 2014, 17:00

World Cup Group D

Cork: Lallana for England

Adam Lallana should be an automatic pick for England's World Cup squad, according to Southampton team-mate Jack Cork.

Last Updated: 07/02/14 at 13:50 Post Comment

Adam Lallana: In the mix for an England World Cup place

Adam Lallana: In the mix for an England World Cup place

Saints skipper Lallana has been in superb form this season, earning his first England call-up, and Cork believes he should be an automatic pick for this summer's tournament in Brazil.

Boss Mauricio Pochettino believes Lallana could play for Spain or Brazil, and Cork agrees, having been left open-mouthed when he first saw the attacking midfielder during a loan spell on the south coast in 2008.

"He was running past people in training and I was saying 'it is crazy how good he is'," Cork, who made his move to Saints permanent in 2011, said.

"I think Adam has got unbelievable qualities and is such a good player. I see it every day in training.

"Some of the stuff I see you have to take a second look at and take a step back and say 'what just happened?' because he is so good.

"The qualities he has are just amazing. He can create something out of nothing all the time. It is just good knowing that you can sit back and someone like that, Jay Rodriguez or Rickie Lambert is going to do something magical and win you a game.

"There is no reason why Adam couldn't fit into any of the top sides in Europe or world football because he is that good."

Asked if Lallana should be an automatic choice for Roy Hodgson's England squad this summer, Cork said: "Yeah, I think so. I think he offers something different to what other English players have.

"We have a lot of wingers that are quite direct and quite pacy and I think Adam is a bit more clever. He can see the ball, manipulate his feet quicker than some other players.

"I think just having that cleverness in the England team is just something different we could maybe work with."

Cork has been in fine form himself this season, with Lallana saying he made the difference when he came off the bench at half-time in the 3-0 victory over Fulham.

Saints rejected a deadline day bid from Swansea for Cork and he is happy he is staying at St Mary's.

"I think if you had asked me earlier in the season, I might have said something different," he said.

"Obviously Victor Wanyama came in and I wasn't playing as many games as I would like to have been playing at the start of the season.

"That changed in November, December time, playing a lot more games and I think it showed that I still had a part to play in the squad and in the team.

"Hopefully if I can keep the form going, I can still have a big part to play in the team. I will see what happens in the future and towards the end of the season."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think all those names linked to United exits make sense. Kagawa has never really looked like hitting the form he had at Dortmund and Fellaini is radioactive after last season (even though I think he's been unfairly singled out for criticism). Nani and Anderson have had more than their fair share of chances so they are done, and Hernandez deserves better than warming a bench.

ted, manchester
The Insecure Gossip

H

e'll be off to Spurs (or better) in January and I don't blame him. Looking forward to re-signing Grant Holt as his replacement though.

notalentjones
Benteke ignoring speculation

I

n fairness, he does look absolutely shattered in that photo.....

FairyNuff
Shaw told to shape up

Footer 365

Premier League: Ross Barkley signs new four-year contract at Everton

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has signed a new four-year deal with the club.

Transfer News: Southampton's chairman says Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin will stay

Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin will not be sold, according to Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger

Transfer News: Reported Manchester United target Arturo Vidal 'happy' to stay at Juventus

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is convinced Arturo Vidal will remain with the club for the forthcoming season.

Mail Box

Youth Development Has To Be The Future

A varied Mailbox has thoughts on transfer targets, youth development, the obsession over 3-5-2, some innovative Blackpool suggestions and why Real bought Kroos...

Don't You Worry About Southampton...

We can't help but agree with one mailboxer who tries to calm the crisis-mongers gathering around Southampton, while we have mails on Man United's squad...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property