England's Adam Lallana celebrates scoring his sides opening goal during the friendly match at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture date November 15th, 2016 Pic David Klein/Sportimage

“Big show of faith in Lallana”, “Meritocracy?” – Liverpool fans & media react to England squad

Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana have been called up by England, with the quartet given a mixed reception.

Liverpool will have four players representing the Three Lions in this month’s friendlies against the Netherlands (March 23) and Italy (March 27).

With Gareth Southgate preparing his squad for the upcoming World Cup, he has retained both Gomez and Henderson and recalled Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lallana.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was omitted last time, along with Daniel Sturridge who now misses out due to injury, while Lallana was sidelined for November’s 0-0 draws with Germany and Brazil.

The 29-year-old’s inclusion is the main talking point for Reds supporters following the announcement, given his lack of game time since recovering from a long-term thigh problem.

Here’s how Liverpool fans and the wider football media reacted to the latest England squad on social media.


Lallana’s inclusion was seen as a “show of faith”…

“Lallana just lacks a good run of games but regardless of that i think he’s still pure class.”

Adelive Nelson Peter on Facebook.

“Lallana has been consistently good for England, hasn’t he? There was a time in 2015-16 when he was better for England than for Liverpool. I hope he gains confidence during the International break.”

pramodliv1 on Reddit.

“Happy for Lallana. He will struggle to be in the final 22, though, unless he steps up.”

Odinaka in the comments section.


Though some rightly questioned Southgate’s motives…

“Lallana is a strange one, been injured for most of the season and get called up.”

Gooden Large on Facebook.


“Sorry but he lost his form. He was our most creative player after Coutinho but now Ox presses and creates more than Lallana.”

Mumia Isaya Bornventure on Facebook.



Oxlade-Chamberlain’s return was widely lauded…

“For England’s sake, hopefully Ox and Gomez play, huge talents.”

OxladeofLfc on Reddit.



While some argued Alexander-Arnold should be involved…

“Feel like Trent really deserves a call-up to the senior side soon though, he’s been brilliant for us this season.”

OxladeofLfc on Reddit.

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