Former Man United midfielder criticises Liverpool star Adam Lallana

Ray Wilkins doesn't believe Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana deserves England starting spot

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana doesn’t deserve a spot in the England side, according to Ray Wilkins.

Lallana lasted just 63 minutes of England’s 2-0 defeat by Spain in Alicante on Friday night after he finished with a pass success rate of 68 per cent and the playmaker was dispossessed five times.

I don’t think Lallana has done quite enough up to now to meet playing for England

Ray Wilkins

The 27-year-old started for the Three Lions ahead of Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey and in the absence of injured Arsenal duo Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott.

However, former Chelsea, Manchester United and England midfielder Wilkins questioned Roy Hodgson’s decision to hand Lallana a starting spot for the clash against La Roja.

“I don’t think Lallana really merits that spot at the moment, I have to say,” Wilkins told talkSPORT.

“I know this side has been hit with a couple of injuries in Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain especially in those wide areas, but I don’t think Lallana has done quite enough up to now to meet playing for England at the moment, especially in a game of this standing.”

Lallana has made one assist in eight Premier League appearances for Liverpool this season.

The former Southampton captain has scored twice in three Europa League for the Merseyside outfit.

MORE: Read the latest Liverpool player tweets

Lallana moved to Liverpool in a £25m deal from Southampton last summer.

Frank Lampard
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink predicts where Chelsea FC will finish this season
Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand reacts to Marcus Rashford’s goal in Man United’s 2-1 win over PSG
Man United striker Edinson Cavani (Photo: Edinson Cavani / Instagram)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer drops Edinson Cavani hint ahead of Man United v Chelsea FC
Glenn Hoddle
‘A massive bonus’: Glenn Hoddle names one positive for Chelsea FC after Sevilla draw
Michael Owen
Michael Owen states his prediction for Chelsea FC v Sevilla
Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard sends message to Liverpool FC defender Virgil van Dijk
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Jamie Carragher
Jamie Carragher identifies player Liverpool FC need to sign to replace Virgil van Dijk
Owen Hargreaves
‘Top class’: Owen Hargreaves reacts to Man United’s 2-1 win at PSG
Glenn Hoddle
‘A massive bonus’: Glenn Hoddle names one positive for Chelsea FC after Sevilla draw