By Harvey Byrne
ITV pundit and former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon believes Liverpool ace Adam Lallana will be feeling “distraught” at not winning the man-of-the-match award on Sunday.
The 28-year-old attacker started for England in the attacking midfield three as the Three Lions ran out 2-0 victors over Lithuania at Wembley in their World Cup qualifying match.
Jermain Defoe opened the scoring on his comeback for the national team before Lallana laid a ball on a plate for substitute Jamie Vardy to tuck home.
Former England boss Glenn Hoddle was part of the commentary team for the encounter and handed Defoe the man-of-the-match award.
However, Dixon felt that Lallana may have felt discouraged at not winning the accolade after his fine display for his country.
“He’s distraught tonight because he didn’t win the man-of-the-match,” started Dixon speaking on ITV after the match.
“He’s stood behind Vardy like that (hold’s out arms) waiting for the bottle.”
Ian Wright then backed Dixon’s claims, saying: “I’m delighted for Jermain (Defoe), but I thought Adam Lallana was man-of-the-match.
“The performances that Lallana has been putting in, he’s up there every single game for England for man-of-the-match.”
Lallana has seemingly raised his game this season for both club and country and while he scored his first national goal for England in September against Slovakia, he quickly followed that up with goals against Scotland and Spain in November.
He was also rewarded a new contract taking up to 2020 in February and both Liverpool and England fans will be hoping his fine performances continue for years to come.
In other Liverpool news, John Arne Riise has sent a heartfelt message to Reds fans after his Anfield comeback on Saturday.