Adam Lallana shines despite England’s 2-1 loss to Holland at Wembley

on 29.03.2016


Adam Lallana enjoyed an impressive night for England against Holland on Tuesday, despite Roy Hodgson’s side succumbing to a surprise defeat at Wembley.

England's Adam Lallana in action during the International friendly match at Wembley. Photo credit should read: David Klein/Sportimage via PA Images

The Three Lions were in buoyant spirits, following Saturday’s 3-2 win away to Germany, and an under-strength Dutch side made a home win look likely.

Lallana was one of just three England players to keep his place in the side from Saturday, along with Chris Smalling and Danny Rose.

The 27-year-old was comfortably one of his team’s brightest sparks in a very low-key first half, playing with freedom to the left of a midfield diamond.

While others around him looked all too one-paced and lacking drive, the ex-Southampton captain was always looking to add a spark to proceedings.

He played a key role in England’s goal, which appeared to set Hodgson’s men on their way to a routine victory.

Producing a trademark Cruyff turn – fitting, given the tribute paid to the late Dutch footballing legend at Wembley – Lallana then found Kyle Walker with an inch-perfect pass inside the penalty area, with the Tottenham man squaring for Jamie Vardy to score.

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The guile and unpredictability shown by Lallana epitomised his good recent form, and there is something very un-English about the way he plays the game.

A Vincent Janssen penalty and a close-range finish from Luciano Narsingh stunned the hosts in the second half, however, with Hodgson and his team brought crashing back down to earth.

It was a night that further enhanced Lallana’s chances of starting for England at Euro 2016, though, and on this evidence, he will be a key figure for Liverpool between now and the end of the season.


The same cannot be said of James Milner – captain on the night – who was woeful from start to finish. His corners, in particular, were embarrassingly bad.

Daniel Sturridge had a quiet evening, but his clever dummy did play a small part in Vardy’s opener, while Nathaniel Clyne was introduced at left-back for a late cameo. Jordan Henderson didn’t feature at all.

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