By Will Butcher
Gareth Southgate has revealed that Liverpool ace Adam Lallana will become a key member of his England side because of his “intelligence”.
The 28-year-old has excelled for both club and country this season, scoring five goals and assisting five more.
Speaking in a live Q&A session on England’s official Twitter account, Southgate told fans that Lallana will star in his side in a newly-implemented pressing tactic after utilising it to full effect at club level.
“It’s a style of play that suits the young squad we’ve got,” Southgate said. “So definitely that’s something we aim to do as a team. When you have players of Adam’s intelligence, it triggers it in the rest of the team.
“Certainly I think we have a lot of players like Lallana who at their clubs press extremely well. To become a world-class team that’s what we have to do against the very best.”
Southgate was named as England manager on Wednesday, after taking the role on an interim basis for four games following the sacking of Sam Allardyce.
Liverpool’s number 20 is in the form of his life at the moment, as he begins to add goals to his game in Jurgen Klopp’s attack.
That form at club level has continued on the national stage, and Lallana has scored three goals in his last three international appearances against Slovakia, Scotland and Spain.
The former Southampton star will continue to play a pivotal part in Southgate’s Three Lions side during his tenure, as England prepare to face Germany in March.
Lallana is set to feature for the Merseyside giants on Saturday, as the Reds look to secure three points against Bournemouth in a vital away fixture.
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