After scoring a late winner in England’s 1-0 victory over Slovakia on Sunday evening, Adam Lallana described it as a “dream” goal.
The 28-year-old impressed in his first appearance under new Three Lions manager Sam Allardyce, in a largely disjointed performance from England in Trnava.
In a clash that saw former Reds defender Martin Skrtel sent off for two bookable offences, Lallana provided his side with their attacking inspiration.
He capped this with his first ever goal in an England shirt, firing past Matus Kozacik in the 95th minute to seal the three points as Allardyce’s new outfit look to secure passage to the World Cup in 2018.
Speaking to FA TV after the game, Lallana described his goal as a “dream.”
“When you score in the last few seconds it’s a good feeling, I had one in the Premier League last season against Norwich, which was also nice,” he said.
“But the most important thing was getting the three points and getting off to a good start under the new regime.
“We’ve had a good week, and all the hard work’s paid dividends.
“I knew there were 20 minutes left [when I hit the post], we had fresh legs on the pitch, it was tough conditions, it was warm and I thought we were very patient.
“The lads stuck together, remained patient, and got the goal in the last 20 seconds.
“It was a great feeling, anyone will tell you it’s a dream to score for your country as a kid.”
Reds supporters will be hoping he can continue this fine start and show a tangible end product throughout the campaign, as at 28, this should be a key responsibility for the £25 million man.