Congratulations Adam Lallana – the England national team’s Player of the Year for 2016.
Although in truth, he wasn’t competing with very much!
Our playmaker became a regular under Roy Hodgson before the Euros and was England’s best performer at the tournament, despite our miserable quarter-final defeat to Iceland – in which for some reason he didn’t start.
Lallana then scored the winner in Sam Allardyce’s only competitive game in charge; and has been instrumental under Gareth Southgate – who’s sensibly decided to build the team around him.
— England (@England) January 30, 2017
Southgate isn’t the most inspiring manager, but the fact he trusts Lallana’s technical skills and wants Jordan Henderson to anchor his side proves he’s not completely incapable – although many Liverpool fans would prefer our best players didn’t represent England at all!
Regardless, it’s a big honour for Lallana that Steven Gerrard used to win all the time, so he should be mighty proud. He’s also just signed a £120k/week deal (Express), so on a personal level, it’s been a good few days for the 28-year-old, despite Liverpool’s struggles.