By Amir Mir
Jamie Redknapp believes England can build the team around Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana.
The 28-year-old put in a man-of-the-match display as England beat Scotland 3-0 in their World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Friday night.
Striker Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring for the hosts, with Lallana heading in the second goal, before Gary Cahill rounded things off midway through the second-half.
Former Premier League player Redknapp stated what qualities Lallana is beginning to develop which could take him to the next level.
“I want Adam Lallana to become England’s go-to guy,” Redknapp told the Daily Mail. “The challenge for him now is how good does he want to be? Does he want to be described as just a good player or one of the best midfielders in Europe?
“I remember Lallana as a kid when I was at Southampton. He was a good young player but a bit too nice, and you could push him off the ball.
“Now he’s developing a nastiness — he is getting on the ball more and adding goals to his game for both club and country.
“He was England’s shining light on Friday night and one we can build the team around.”
Lallana has played 12 Premier League and EFL Cup games for Liverpool this season, where he has scored three goals and assisted five.
As a result Jurgen Klopp’s men top the Premier League table after 11 games as they have recorded 26 points.
After the international break Lallana will head back to his former club Southampton as the Reds will look to maintain their lead at the top of the table.
In other Liverpool team news, midfielder Jordan Henderson posted this Twitter message after England’s win as he singled out his Reds teammate.