Ox - Lallana's success is no surprise


Ox - Lallana's success is no surprise

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says he knew that Adam Lallana would one day break into the England squad.

The Southampton captain made his international debut in the 2-0 defeat against Chile at Wembley last week and also started against Germany three days later.

Team-mates Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert joined Lallana in Roy Hodgson's squad and Oxlade-Chamberlain believes the trio can become a "massive asset" to their country.

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"I was at Southampton for a long time so I always saw what a talent Adam was," Oxlade-Chamberlain told the official matchday programme. "I knew that one day he would definitely play for England.

"To see that he's in and around the squad now is brilliant for him. It's great for me to see because I've always thought he's a brilliant player. It's great for Southampton as well because they've always had a lot of good, young English talent.

"I think there are a lot more in that team who will play for England, especially the young boys like Luke Shaw and James Ward-Prowse.

"I was in the under-21s with Jay and I knew he was a great talent but since he's gone to Southampton he's really switched it on. That's really good to see.

"Rickie Lambert has just been a revelation - to see where he started with his career and how he has just carried on being so humble, working hard and scoring great goals. He's a great guy and he's done really well since he's got into the national squad.

"I think all three of them can be a massive asset to England."

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