England 1 Denmark 0 – Lallana books his place to Brazil after classy cameo
The Southampton captain stands out as a second-half substitute and creates late Daniel Sturridge winner
March 5th, 2014
Roy Hodgson saw England claim a narrow but deserved win on Wednesday night, with Daniel Sturridge nodding home from close range after it appeared that Denmark were going to nullify their opponents at Wembley.
Hodgson decided to field no less than five Liverpool players in his starting line-up, with Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson featuring in midfield, while Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson and Daniel Sturridge were also included.
Ashley Cole was preferred as the starting left-back although a bright second-half performance from Luke Shaw means that the place behind Leighton Baines is very much up for grabs, while another Southampton player looks destined to make the final cut.
Adam Lallana might not just be going to Brazil as back-up, with the Saints captain looking every inch the seasoned international as he replaced Jack Wilshere early in the second half, with the midfielder showing a great touch and movement.
It was Lallana who crafted Sturridge’s late winner when flicking the ball to the Liverpool forward who made no mistake by nodding past Kasper Schmeichel, with the Leicester City keeper having thwarted the same player moments earlier when a rasping shot was parried over the bar.
Danny Welbeck came close to breaking the deadlock as a substitute but Schmeichel produced fine work to deny the Manchester United man, while there was a scare at the other end when Joe Hart was called into action.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came on as a late substitute for Henderson, while Andros Townsend and James Milner also made late showings.