Adam Lallana admits that Euro 2016 will always stick in his mind for how terrible it was, but insists that England must move on ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
It’s fair to say that England was terrible at the European Championships in France this summer. The highlight of the Three Lion’s tournament was Daniel Sturridge’s late winner over Wales which says it, really.
Adam Lallana, one of five Liverpool players to travel with England for the Euros, has said that England needs to get over their round of 16 exit at the hands of Iceland. While you have to hand it to Iceland for a brilliant tournament, England was terrible when they met up in France.
Liverpool’s number 20 is keen to get over the disappointment of Euro 2016 and what better way to do so than beginning the road to the 2018 World Cup?
“I think it [the loss to Iceland] will always hurt anyone that was involved, [but] we have to move on and that is all we can do,” Lallana said, according to Liverpoolfc.com.
“We have a new manager, a lot of new staff and a few new players and it is important we start fresh and go on a new journey. We had a good qualifying campaign last time out so we are looking for more of the same.
“I think what happened in the summer is irrelevant. We definitely need to win on Sunday. We are England and, as much as people put pressure on us to win games, we put the most pressure on ourselves to win.
“We know we are a very talented group of lads. We know it is important to work hard this week, do as much good training as possible because it is a new manager who will have new ideas and it may be a different team selection and a different way he wants to play.
“It is our job to do the job, not just at the weekend but throughout the whole campaign.”