Adam Lallana hopes for another England chance

Last Updated: Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 19:42

London: England new-boy Adam Lallana has pleaded with boss Roy Hodgson to give him another chance after his international debut ended in a frustrating 2-0 defeat against Chile.

Lallana was handed his first England cap in Friday`s friendly at Wembley, along with Southampton team-mate Jay Rodriguez and Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

The 25-year-old midfielder started wide on the right wing, with Rodriguez on the left flank, but England`s experimental line-up never really clicked as a double from Chile star Alexis Sanchez condemned Roy Hodgson`s side to a first defeat in 11 matches.

Lallan failed to take two decent chances to equalise in the first half, but he refuses to accept he has wasted his chance to book a seat on the plane to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup.

"I am massively determined," Lallana said. "It is obviously the pinnacle of everyone really that`s involved in the game.

"It is every child`s dream to represent their country and I am happy I fulfilled that. I am just hungry for more now.

"I was proud to get my first cap, but obviously disappointed with the result.

"I had a couple of chances first half. I felt I snatched especially at the second one. It was just a little bit under my feet.

"I think it might have taken a deflection - it was possibly creeping in the bottom corner.

"I gave it everything and got through 75 minutes and was obviously delighted to represent my country. I hope it is not the last time."

Rodriguez fared worse than his fellow Southampton forward and looked completely anonymous for much of his 57-minute appearance.

The 24-year-old had only one sight of goal and could only produce a weak shot that was easily saved.

Yet he still felt it was an occasion to savour, despite the disappointing outcome.

"It is an unbelievable experience - even singing the national anthems," he said.

"I couldn`t believe it when I found out I was starting. Obviously it is what I have always wanted.

"It is just disappointing we didn`t get the result.

"It is a learning curve for me. The standard is unbelievable, but I am learning so much in a short space of time."

Meanwhile, the newcomers received words of consolation from Frank Lampard, who captained England on Friday as he received a golden cap to mark the milestone of 100 appearances, which he reached earlier in the season.

The Chelsea midfielder believes both Lallana and Rodriguez deserve another opportunity to feature in a stronger England line-up and he said: "It was a tough game for them to come in and not every international game is like that.

"You have to tell them that because not every team will be knocking the ball about like Chile did.

"Adam had a couple of chances which on another day he would have scored a couple on his debut.

"They deserved their starts and did themselves a lot of credit."


First Published: Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 19:42

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