Adam Lallana says he hopes to have shown England manager Roy Hodgson enough to be in contention for a starting role at the World Cup.
The Saints skipper marked his fourth appearance for the senior national team by completing 73 minutes of the Three Lions’ 3-0 win over Peru at Wembley Stadium on Friday night, playing on the right side of midfield.
Lallana was on the field for all three of the goals scored by Daniel Sturridge, Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka, as Hodgson’s first stab at a starting eleven repaid him with a decent result, and one which came as a boost to the Saints man.
“I was delighted (to start),” Lallana told reporters after the game.
“Obviously, getting in the starting line-up for the first game in Manaus is what everyone’s striving for, and hopefully I’ve done enough to impress the manager and show him what I’m capable of.
“It was a good result and we move onto the next game.”
England were 1-0 up at half-time through Sturridge’s 32nd minute wonder strike into the top corner, before defensive pair Cahill and Jagielka each scored from corners in the second half as the team’s recent gruelling training regime paid dividends.
“It was a good result, and delighted with the team performance in the end,” said Lallana.
“It’s been a great week, a hard week’s training, a good bit of fitness, wearing layers to try and adapt for what we’re coming into.
“The weather’s not been too kind to us this week, but the fitness of everyone is looking good.
“We haven’t picked up any injuries, so that’s the main thing. We’ll recover and fly out to Miami on Sunday.
“It’s a big week, we’ve got two big games out there in tough conditions, so we’ll look to put in a couple of good performances like we did today.”
If the way in which Lallana has fast-tracked his way into the starting line-up was difficult to get used to, then the prospect of playing at a World Cup in Brazil has been even more surreal for the midfielder who says he’s doing what he can to stay level-headed for the tournament.
“It’s a strange feeling,” he confessed.
“You just want to take it all in, but it seems to be happening so quickly.”