Football

Lallana: I need to step up

Adam Lallana is determined to "step up" and start scoring for England as he looks to re-establish himself in Roy Hodgson's side.

The 26-year-old made a £25-million ($51.3m) move to Liverpool in the summer, having come through the leagues with Southampton to become a Three Lions regular.

A member of the World Cup squad, Lallana missed last month's meet-up with a knee injury as his time at Anfield got off to an unfortunate start.

The attacking midfielder has flourished since recovering from that issue, though, netting his first Reds goal in last Saturday's 2-1 defeat of West Brom.

It was a "special feeling" full of different emotions for Lallana, who is determined to follow that up by breaking his England duck in the upcoming European Championship qualifiers.

"I think I need to make that step up," he said. "I mean, the type of player I am, I have always chipped in with goals throughout my career.

"I feel, with England, I need to step up and nip in with a fair few of my own, like at club level.

"It is something I want to add to my game and add to what I do when I play for England."

This week certainly offers Lallana a decent opportunity to do that, with Monday morning's (Singapore time) trip to Estonia following a home clash tomorrow morning against a San Marino side ranked 208th in the world - joint-bottom with Bhutan.

Those matches also offer the Reds midfielder a chance to re-establish himself as a starter under Hodgson.

A regular in the line-up ahead of the World Cup, Lallana began the first two matches in Brazil from the bench before starting the dead-rubber against Costa Rica.

"Being a fresh season, a fresh campaign, I am always looking to impress in training and for my club now, Liverpool," Lallana said.

"We have got a lot of talented players. There is always competition for places out there, so I am hungry to do well and impress."

Another player out to prove his worth is defender Nathaniel Clyne, who has yet to make his England debut, but the right back is already targeting a regular role in Roy Hodgson's starting line-up.

A fine start to the campaign with Southampton was rewarded last week by a first call-up to the senior side for the upcoming Euro 2016 Qualifiers.

A starting berth in those matches is not out of the question for the uncapped defender, with the experienced Glen Johnson and Kyle Walker joined on the sidelines by John Stones.

The Everton defender started at right back in England's last two matches, but withdrew from the squad last Sunday after sustaining an ankle problem, meaning Clyne could be thrown in at the deep end.

"I need to go there and the training sessions and show what I am about and hopefully I will get my chance and start for England," the Saints right back said.

"The aim is to take step by step, but I am not here for fun and games. I am here to nail my colours to the mast and hopefully I will take that right-back position and make it my own.

"I am not really focused on who is in or who is out, who is injured or not. I am just focusing on myself and if I am doing well then hopefully I will get a chance, like I have done, and play well when I get an opportunity." - PA Sport.

"I mean, the type of player I am, I have always chipped in with goals throughout my career. I feel, with England, I need to step up and nip in with."

- England attacking midfielder Adam Lallana

"The aim is to take step by step, but I am not here for fun and games. I am here to nail my colours to the mast and hopefully I will take that rightback position and make it my own."

- England right back Nathaniel Clyne

OTHER FIXTURES
Tomorrow

  • 2.45am: Slovenia v Switzerland
  • 2.45am: Lithuania v Estonia

Monday

  • 12am: Estonia v England
  • 2.45am: Lithuania v Slovenia

Wednesday

  • 2.45am: San Marino v Switzerland