Liverpool midfielder: Why Southgate was right to snub me

Date published: Wednesday 25th July 2018 8:46 - Matthew Stead

Adam Lallana admits Gareth Southgate “probably” made “the right call” in leaving him out of England’s World Cup squad.

Lallana was a surprise omission from England’s squad to travel to Russia this summer despite his limited appearances for Liverpool in 2017/18.

The midfielder was named on the stand-by squad but was not called upon as England finished fourth.

Lallana played just 13 games for Liverpool last season, and admits that Southgate was justified in leaving him out.

“Of course it was frustrating because I wanted to be there,” Lallana told the Guardian. “Sometimes when you are a professional footballer you have to deal with tough decisions, so I was just supporting them like any other fan. My best mate Jordan [Henderson] was there and he was one of the best players. The team got to a semi-final and it was a remarkable achievement.

“If I had been fit and had a half decent season in terms of availability, there is no shadow of a doubt that I would have been there. But I had a disappointing season in terms of my fitness and, you know, it just wasn’t meant to be.

“But that is in the past and I’m back in pre-season, three weeks down the line. The next goal is West Ham and I want to be in the best possible shape for it. I want to play good football again.

“Gareth has been absolutely brilliant. It probably wasn’t a comfortable call for him but he made it, like he made it for the other lads who missed out. I know that if my season was different and I had been fit, I would have been there, but it was probably the right call.

“He said you don’t gain your form in a tournament, going on history and past experiences. The lads had a massive tournament but I am sure I have still got a lot to give. I will be there in the next camp.”

 

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