Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana called up for England friendlies
England face Chile and Germany next week, with manager Roy Hodgson calling up three Southampton players for the two friendlies, including Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana.
November 7th, 2013
Rodriguez has been an impressive performer for the Saints this season, with the 24-year-old having scored three goals in the Premier League this term, while Lallana is the club captain who has been at St Mary’s all his career.
Hodgson said of their inclusions: “Adam was with us once a long time ago but he came in late and didn’t play, but we did see him in training. We’ve been following him very closely and he’s played a major part in Southampton’s rise to the top this season. It was quite obvious we would pick him.
“When it comes to Rodriguez, Danny Welbeck at the moment has been injured. We hope he’ll be fit to play but I see in Rodriguez someone who could fill that Welbeck role. He’s a wide forward who likes to go forward and attack people even without the ball and get in the penalty box. We think he’s played well for Southampton and think this might be an interesting opportunity for him.”
Jordan Henderson of Liverpool also earns a recall to the squad after some impressive performances for the Reds this term, while the third Southampton player is Rickie Lambert who could be competing with Jermain Defoe for a place in the World Cup squad.