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Lallana wants second England chance

ESPN staff
November 16, 2013
Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana won their first England caps on Friday © Getty Images

England new-boy Adam Lallana hopes his first international appearance will not be his last after he started in the 2-0 defeat to Chile at Wembley on Friday.

Lallana has been in sparkling form for high-flying Premier League side Southampton this season, but he received mixed reviews after being thrust onto the international stage for the first time.

However, the 25-year-old remains convinced he has plenty to offer his country, with his England debut whetting his appetite for more action ahead of next summer's World Cup finals.

"I was obviously delighted to represent my country and I hope it is not the last time," Lallana told reporters. "It is obviously the pinnacle of everyone really that's involved in the game to play for your country and I am happy I fulfilled that.

"I gave it everything and got through 75 minutes and was obviously delighted to represent my country. I am just hungry for more now. I was proud to get my first cap, but obviously disappointed with the result."

Lallana believes England's determination to bounce back from the disappointment of defeat against Chile will be in evidence when Germany come to Wembley on Tuesday, with the Saints midfielder hoping to be involved once again.

"We will analyse the game now and see where we can improve on in the next game, because we do not want to lose two games in a row here," he added. "Hopefully I get a chance to play some part in the game on Tuesday."

Lallana's Southampton teammate Jay Rodriguez, meanwhile, said he was stunned to be handed a starting spot by boss Roy Hodgson against Chile.

"I couldn't believe it when I found out I was starting. Obviously it is what I have always wanted," he said. "It is just disappointing we didn't get the result. It is a learning curve for me. The standard is unbelievable, but I am learning so much in a short space of time."

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