Updated: 11/09/2012 11:00 | By pa.press.net

Lallana stunned by England call-up

Adam Lallana was surprised by his call up to the England squad

Adam Lallana was surprised by his call up to the England squad

Adam Lallana has admitted he thought Southampton manager Nigel Adkins was having a laugh when he told the youngster he had been called up by England.

The 24-year-old was one of three players called up by Roy Hodgson following a spate of withdrawals from his squad to face Ukraine in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Tuesday. Chelsea duo John Terry and Ashley Cole were ruled out over the weekend, and on Monday Theo Walcott went back to Arsenal after contracting a virus.

Daniel Sturridge was also unable to train due to illness and, although Hodgson expects the striker to be fit, he was quick to draft in replacements. Lallana was one following an encouraging start to the season, except he did not quite believe it. He told www.saintsfc.co.uk: "I didn't think the gaffer was being serious when he called to tell me this morning."

He continued: "I was at home about to head into the training ground when he called - I must have asked if he was having me on a dozen times! I'm totally shocked to be honest."

Named Saints' skipper this summer on their return to the Premier League, Lallana has represented England at Under-18, Under-19 and Under-21 levels. And whilst he realises it is a long shot that he will make his debut on Tuesday, he is delighted with the recognition.

"It's such a proud accomplishment to be called up to play for your country at any level, but to be called into the senior side is probably the proudest moment of my career so far," he said.

"It is every player's dream to represent your country at the top level. I'm realistic in accepting I might not be that heavily involved, but the fact that I will be around such experienced international players is something I am really excited about."

Lallana will link up with former team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who featured in Friday's 5-0 defeat of Moldova in Chisinau. And as Walcott is another Southampton old-boy, clearly the south coast outfit are doing something right.

"It reflects really well on the club," Lallana said. "It shows just how far Southampton has come to have an English player represented at national level.

"We have a lot of talented young English players here and I'm sure that I won't be the last person to represent our country."

11/09/2012 07:38
morning,i have been reading the paper (the mail),i need to ask a question,why does it keep stating Rooney as a superstar,is it me or maybe i know fa about the game,but when messi or ronaldo play ,something happens, it does not with rooney,he has never scored a vital goal for his country,never made an impact for england since portugal 8 years ago,and if the truth beknown ,if you asked top defenders or average defenders in world football, they would say he has never worried them.,So please do not insult our intelligence by keep saying "superstar",he is an above average premiership player,who does not warrent the amount of money he earns each week,the captain
11/09/2012 07:30
i`d rather have 11 players like this lad....who will die for their country....than the "ego`s" and overpaid  **** that this country has sent to tournements since the great sir bobby robson had charge of the squad.......all the best to the lad !!!  Too long have we had players who are in the "comfort zone " !!
11/09/2012 00:39
Wishing you all the best Adam. You will do great with no worries just show em what's what mate.
11/09/2012 00:14
Its good that young player are given the chance to show what they can do
11/09/2012 06:27
I fear this kind of thing will happen more & more. It will not be long before England will struggle to get a full squad together.
The top players are not willing to risk career threatening injuries for the honour of playing for their country anymore. With salaries what they are plus the potential earnings from endorsements the risk is just to high. Me thinks?

11/09/2012 07:24
Good to see Hodgsen giving others a chance. Its not like we have anything to lose, we never won anything with our so called star players. You will never know if inexperienced players can perform at the top level until you try them. Lot of quality young english players around at the moment maybe not international level yet but with the potential to be. Hodgson is doing well at the moment we just need to give him time.
11/09/2012 07:56
we need to play the younger players more often
11/09/2012 06:26
good luck ,after seeing an ispirational olympics and para olympics football can only get better and it needs to
11/09/2012 09:44

Good for Roy Hodgson lets give new lads a chance , time for a clear out eh , yes its started and not before time , ?? It will take time to get them into a team that he likes


                                           but Hey---- lets get behind him

11/09/2012 11:54
wayne rooney is not at this stage world class because he hasn,t proved himself to be all the talk of him being so is wrong because until you have proved it at a major world class competition your not world class.English world class players include Gazza gary lineker Michael owen Terry butcher even though i hate to say it as i lost all respect for him over the beckham at the olympics scandal physcho people that had heart drive hunger for there country not for money.The only person that managed to do it for money and have the heart of an english lion was of course probably the greatest sporting ambassador this country has ever seen also a all time great player and gentleman is of course SIR DAVID BECKHAM the likes as we will never see in our lifetime.
Neil Pittam.......rubbish.  He never played in an international tournament, so was George Best not world class?            Gazza was a disgrace as a player and a disgrace as a man.
Robert Hyde....so what. I get full pay if Im off sick from work.  Most people do these days. Your just following the "mob" opinion on footballers wages in general. Some people get money for doing naff all except signing on once a fortnight.

Brookes.....your right about one thing.......you know fa about football.  If you DID ask defenders world wide they do say they worry when playing against Rooney....whether you like it or not.

11/09/2012 12:35
It's good to see someone giving the youngsters an outing. It can only bode well for England. Give them the experience and build on it.
10/09/2012 17:40

Stan Ogden would look good in this Liverpool team--22 years--the decline continues

11/09/2012 10:00
One of the comments say a lot of the star players pull out  of plkaying for England because they are worried about injury. Rooney off for six weerks with a cut leg but he will still get one and a half million sick pay. What does the average worker get if they are off sick. Bet Rooney is crying his eyes out as he settles him self down in the sun bed.  
11/09/2012 07:31
Why not call Matt Jarvis he plays wide and is better than Walcott, I cant believe he only has one cap.
11/09/2012 02:35
Doesnt matter who they call up,theyll never win owt. but good look to the lad.
11/09/2012 00:02
he will win the world cup single-handedly of course .............
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