Adam Lallana insists he will be England’s biggest fan at this month’s World Cup finals after being named on the standby list.
The Liverpool star has endured a gruelling campaign hampered by a three month injury layoff over the first half of the season and niggling problems following his eventual comeback.
His lack of game time proved decisive in his omission from Gareth Southgate’s final 23-man England squad, although Lallana has vowed to ensure he is ready for action if required.
He told the Telegraph: “Of course, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I want to be out there, but these things happen, it’s the circumstances and I wish the lads the best of luck.”
“I will be their biggest supporter I can tell you that. I feel we have a fantastic chance.”
He added: “I have been in constant dialogue with Gareth throughout the whole season really, not just since my last injury, the hamstring back in March, and he has been absolutely fantastic with me.”
Lallana’s return to fitness towards the end of the season arrived in time for him to replace Mohamed Salah in the first half of the Champions League final when the Egyptian’s night was cut short by a dislocated shoulder.
Though the midfielder will have been desperate to play a part in Russia, a steady pre-season would undoubtedly be a boost to Liverpool ahead of the 2018/2010 season.
The introduction of Naby Keita, Fabinho and potentially also Nabil Fekir poses a tough battle for places upon the 30-year-old’s return to Merseyside.