Liverpool midfielder reveals Why England coach Southgate was right to snub him

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.”

Adam Lallana is hoping to be like a new signing for Liverpool in 2018-19 after shaking off the injury issues which dashed his World Cup dream with England. The 30-year-old playmaker saw niggling fitness problems restrict him to just 16 appearances across all competitions last season.

He was able to sign off with an outing in the Champions League final, but a lack of football cost him a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad heading to Russia. He will face added competition for places by then, with the likes of Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri having been drafted in by Jurgen Klopp over the summer. The former Southampton star is, however, confident that he can make a telling contribution.

He said: “Last season was so stop-start that it was more or less written off. It probably is like having a new signing, to be fair.”

Having Lallana firing on all cylinders will offer a major boost to Liverpool, but they are set to be without another stricken star for the foreseeable future. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is taking in a long road to recovery from knee ligament damage, with it possible that he could miss the entire 2018-19 season. Lallana said of the club and international colleague: “He’s such a good kid.”We obviously knew the full extent of the injury, more or less, when it happened. We are friends, we are team-mates and he wanted to keep it all in-house.He wanted us to focus on the Champions League final. That shows he is not just focused on himself and what is best for him. He wants what is best for the team and there are so many players with that mindset in the squad. That is why we have been so successful.

It is up to myself and the other lads to have a good season for him. It was the likes of him who had outstanding form in the Champions League and, as a result, I got to feature in the final. When someone else is injured, they are the ones who motivate you. It’s not just for yourself, it’s for them.”

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