Midweek Sport - - ON THE NOSE - By IAN WIN­ROW


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.

He said: “Saido showed his qual­i­ties at An­field at the week­end and showed why peo­ple have been talk­ing up his se­niors chances.” CHUCKLE BROTHERS: Mil­ner

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