Saturday 17 February 2018

'He wouldn't get past me now' - Long retired Man United legend eviscerates Adam Lallana

Adam Lallana and Dwight Yorke
Adam Lallana and Dwight Yorke

Tom Rooney

Manchester United hero Dwight Yorke has claimed that, at the ripe old age of 44, he’d easily give England and Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana the run around.

It’s not easy donning that famous white shirt emblazoned with those three proud lions during a major tournament.

England have managed serious bids on big competitions just twice since winning the World Cup 50 years ago – the 1990 World Cup and the European Championships six years later.

Yet, somehow, the perpetual cycle of disappointed has barely quelled expectation from their public and media. And, invariably, when things go awry, the players and managers in question are subjected to a backlash more appropriate for a nation who had a realistic chance of getting within the same vicinity of victory.

Like clockwork, England have proven stodgy and uninspiring thus far in France, limping out of Pool B as runners up, thanks to draws with Russia and Slovakia and a victory over Wales.

Their cause has not been helped by the fact that Roy Hodgson appears to be nowhere near discerning what his best line up is.

Raheem Sterling was dished up a cold dose of abuse on social media in recent weeks and, now, his former Liverpool colleague Adam Lallana has come in for more of the same.

Not from faceless keyboard warriors but Dwight Yorke. The former Aston Villa striker’s main issue with Lallana is a lack of goals. The 27-year-old is yet to find the net for his country in 23 appearnces.

“Lallana doesn't score enough goals and he's had chance after chance. At international level, you can't afford to carry people.” (first published in Daily Mail online)

Lallana, who has featured in all three of England’s games, joined Liverpool from Southampton two years ago.

His first season at Anfield, with Brendan Rogers at the helm, was unremarkable but since the arrival of Jurgen Klopp, Lallana's form has greatly improved. A return of seven goals last season was far from disastrous.

Yorke begs to differ and, were he Hodgson, certainly wouldn’t start Lallana for England’s round of 16 clash against surprise package Iceland.

“He hasn't really succeeded at Liverpool yet he walks into Roy Hodgson's team. It's bizarre. What has he done so far?

“I know it's all about opinion but Lallana gives me nothing. He has proven it in the two games he's played; he has not scored, he has not created a goal. He just hasn't got it.

“Listen the guy is a decent player, but you are talking about the first eleven for England and he's in it. It's madness. I could play against Lallana now and he wouldn't get past me. He couldn't out-football me.”

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