Lal­lana touts for Gareth

South­gate says deal would bring sta­bil­ity

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

BY SI­MON PEACH/ Adam Lal­lana hopes Gareth South­gate does enough over the com­ing week to get the Eng­land job on a per­ma­nent ba­sis.

The Un­der-21s man­ager was parachuted into the hot­seat six weeks ago af­ter a news­pa­per st­ing saw Sam Al­lardyce’s reign come to an ig­no­min­ious end af­ter just 67 days.

Lal­lana’s late strike se­cured a 1-0 win over Slo­vakia in Al­lardyce’s only match at the helm and the in-form Liver­pool at­tack­ing mid­fielder re­turns to the fold pre­par­ing to play un­der a third Eng­land man­ager of 2016.

Fri­day’s World Cup qual­i­fier against Scot­land and the friendly ver­sus Spain are the only matches re­main­ing of South­gate’s in­terim reign and Lal­lana hopes the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion swiftly re­solve the man­age­rial sit­u­a­tion.

“You need sta­bil­ity,’ Lal­lana said. ‘What you don’t have at Eng­land is the time that you get at club level.

“You can’t pre­pare for a cam­paign as you would for a league over the course of the sea­son. It’s not pos­si­ble so it’s a dif­fer­ent chal­lenge.

“I’m sure Gareth will want to have that and we are ready to fight for him in the matches. Hope­fully he will do well enough to get the job on a per­ma­nent ba­sis.’

Lal­lana re­peated the de­sire to fight for South­gate over the next week - an at­ti­tude syn­ony­mous with English play­ers, but at times lack­ing when the team come to­gether as a group.

Two years ago South­gate was one of those that helped launch the ‘Eng­land DNA’ phi­los­o­phy aimed at cre­at­ing win­ning na­tional teams, although that has yet to trans­late to the men’s se­nior team.

Asked if Eng­land are strug­gling for iden­tity, Lal­lana said: ‘Pos­si­bly.

“It would be nice for Gareth and for us quite soon to know whether he’s go­ing to get the job on a per­ma­nent ba­sis, so you can build to­wards hav­ing a cer­tain iden­tity.”

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Gareth South­gate and Adam Lal­lana dur­ing Eng­land Train­ing at St. Ge­orge’s Park, Bur­ton upon Trent .

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