Hodgson admits Southampton's Lallana now in England plans

England coach Roy Hodgson admits Southampton captain Adam Lallana laid down a World Cup marker last week.

Hodgson was impressed with Lallana on and off the field and the midfielder’s versatility – he can play in a central role or wide – is sure to count in his favour.

He said: "The games have served their purpose in the sense we’ve used a lot of players and we’ve found one.

"And it’s not easy to find players after a year and a half. But we’ve found Lallana. That’s a good step."

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