Lallana deserves England chance, says Southampton teammate Lambert

Southampton striker Rickie Lambert believes his club colleague Adam Lallana fully deserves his place in the England squad, Sky Sports has reported, with Lambert rating Lallana as the best player he has ever lined up alongside.

The Saints duo are joined by Jay Rodriguez in Roy Hodgson’s squad to play Chile on Friday and Germany on Tuesday with both games taking place at Wembley. It isn’t the first time Lallana has been part of the England squad but he has yet to win a first cap, and Lambert is sure Lallana’s talent more than deserves international recognition.

Adam is a one-off. I’ve never played with anyone like him,” Lambert said. “He’s the best player I’ve played with. We’ve known how good he is for years and he’s starting to show on the world stage how good he can be.

Lallana is a product of Southampton’s prolific academy – along with the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Gareth Bale – and Lambert wants to see more players following in Lallana’s footsteps, into the Southampton team and then the international set-up.

We want to see a starting XI in the Premier League that is fed from our youth development,” the Liverpool-born striker said. “To see the players like [James Ward-Prowse], Chambo (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain) and Luke Shaw coming through and Callum Chambers as well, it’s a pleasure to be part of it.

The 25-year-old Lallana has spent his entire career at Southampton, bar a brief loan spell at Bournemouth between October and November 2007. He has made 235 appearances for Southampton, scoring 53 goals, including three in 12 so far this season.

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