Netizen 24 GBR: Jurgen Klopp 'understands' decision to leave Adam Lallana out of England World Cup squad

By On May 17, 2018

Jurgen Klopp 'understands' decision to leave Adam Lallana out of England World Cup squad

Gareth Southgate insists Jurgen Klopp is fully on board with his plan for Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana.

The England boss left Lallana out of his 23-man squad for the World Cup as a result of his lack of game time this season.

However, the 30-year-old was named on the standby list and Southgate admits that if there are any drop outs over the coming weeks then Lallana could yet feature in Russia.

Lallana has started just three games all season due to thigh and hamstring injuries, but he made his comeback off the bench in last weekend's 4-0 win over Brighton and is in contention to feature in the Champions League final.

"I've had continual dialogue with Adam throughout the season. It's been a really frustrating season for him," Southgate said.

"Under normal circumstances, given the amount of football h e has played, he wouldn't be anywhere near the squad or the standby list, but he's a player and a person we have a hell of a lot of time for.

"Maybe giving him another 10 days, maybe he has a big impact in the Champions League final, we have an issue and he can be part of what we want to do.

"The reality of the conversations I've had with him are that to find the level of performance on the back of the limited minutes he's had would be really difficult. History tells us you don't tend to find your level of fitness and your rhythm within a major tournament but I'd like to give him the opportunity to do that.

"He completely understands that. I've had long conversations with Jurgen about that and he also believes that's the best route to go. I hope he gets the opportunity with Liverpool and we wish them all the best with their final."

Southgate confirmed that Liverpool vice-captain James Milner wasn 't available for World Cup selection. He had previously tried and failed to tempt the midfielder out of international retirement.

"He's had an outstanding season, no question about that," he said.

"He's a character I really like. I played against him when he was a 17-year-old at Leeds. I tried to sign him when he was a little bit out of favour at Newcastle when I was at Middlesbrough

"I spoke to him when I first took the job to check whether he was sure about international retirement and he was. I've not seen any suggestion that there's any interest in going back to play for England.

"We have been heading in a certain direction. I can remember at least one England manager who started to get people out of retirement when we got to a tournament and I don't think that was roundly received as being a good idea.

Milner has been superb for Liverpool

&quo t;We believe in the players we have got. James is a super player and if he had been available I'm sure we would have considered him but he wasn't."

Jordan Henderson is in the squad but the Reds skipper will have to wait before finding out whether he will captain England in Russia. Harry Kane is currently the favourite to be handed the armband but Southgate is giving little away.

"When we get the players together we will probably talk about that in a bit more detail," he said.

"We've been through a process of developing leaders in the group and players taking more responsibility, trying to get more voices heard in team meetings and giving people space to grow."

Source: Google News

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