Lallana praises England togetherness

England midfielder Adam Lallana has said that there is a ‘great feeling’ around the national team setup and that the squad is made up of a tight-knit group of players, the Daily Star has reported.

The Liverpool man was discussing the relationship between the players in the wake of the publication of former England cricket star Kevin Pietersen’s autobiography, in which the 34-year-old alleged that there was a bullying culture within the squad, while implicating and criticising a number of his teammates.

However, Lallana, who scored his first goal for his new club against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, insists that no such problems exist on the footballing side. He said: “The atmosphere has always been brilliant and a great place to work. With Stevie [Gerrard] as captain and with Wayne [Rooney] now, there’s always a great feeling.

“Obviously you have good and bad times. When you lose the dressing room’s always down but we always back each other up and have to go again. On the back of a disappointing World Cup, the last time the lads met up they put in some great performances especially against Switzerland and showed great character and showed that we have got a great team spirit and a great dressing room.”

The Three Lions defeated the Swiss in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier in September, and over the course of the next week they take on San Marino and Estonia as they look to make it nine points out of nine for the campaign.

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