ADAM’S OUT TO FILL HIS BOOTS!
OPPORTUNITY: Lallana wants goals ADAM LALLANA admits Roy Hodgson’s side see tomorrow’s clash with San Marino as a chance to boost their personal goal-hauls.
England are under pressure to win in style when the minnows picth up in north west London.
The expectation is that Hodgson’s side will rack up the goals, with three points a formality.
For skipper Wayne Rooney, that means a chance to add to his tally of 41 goals and move him closer towards Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 49.
And Lallana said: “I’m sure players will want to fill their boots and get goals – that’s the same in any game.
“If you’re a striker you want to get on the scoresheet and the same for midfielders, who will be looking for assists as well.”
But the Liverpool forward admits England can’t allow self-interest to distract from the main task of getting the job done ahead of Sunday’s trip to Estonia.
Lallana added: “We’ll just be focusing on our performance and if we do that we know we can hopefully get a convincing win. “We’re got to remain focused on ourselves and put in a good performance.”
Lallana has been joined in the squad by his former Southampton team-mate Nathaniel Clyne
Clyne has been drafted in as a contender for the right-back slot after Everton’s John Stones was ruled out with injury.
First-choice duo Glen Johnson and Kyle Walker are already missing, raising Clyne’s chances of securing a first cap.
And Lallana is convinced the defender will not let anyone down if he’s handed his chance.
He said: “Nathaniel has come on a lot over the last few years and throughly deserved his call-up. He’s a top-drawer player.”
Lallana believes West Brom striker Saido Berahino could also be called up soon.
The youngster starred in the Baggies’ visit to face Lallana’s Liverpool last Saturday and the Reds man admits to being impressed.
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