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Pochettino: 'Lallana is one of England's greatest talents'

The Argentine boss has backed Southampton captain Adam Lallana for World Cup selection, saying that he believes he is one of England's best players.

Ahead of Southampton's Premier League clash with Stoke City this weekend, Saints boss Pochettino was gushing praise for his skipper.

Lallana currently has two caps to his name, having been selected by England manager Roy Hodgson to play in international friendlies against Chile and Germany.

The twenty-five year old play-maker is widely expected to be included in Hodgson's 23-man squad for the World Cup Finals in Brazil this summer, something his manager has backed him to achieve.

"Adam Lallana is one of the most talented players in the English game right now," Pochettino claimed.

"I consider him a great talent in English football. He is an amazing player and also a special talent."

Lallana netted his 8th goal in 27 games this season when he scored the opener against Fulham last weekend, as the Saints ran out 3-0 winners over the Premier League's bottom side.

It was a game in which he clocked up his 250th appearance for Southampton, the club for whom he made his debut and now captains. 

Lallana's dynamic approach to his midfield role, coupled with his close control and strong technical ability with both feet has fired him onto centre stage as England's friendly with Denmark in March approaches.

The Southampton academy graduate is regarded as the heartbeat of an energetic, exciting and attacking side, led by Mauricio Pochettino. From his central role behind the front-man, he spearheads a fluid attacking force which also fields fellow England internationals Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez.

Lallana has impressed in his past two England appearances and will be hoping to be present at the World Cup, especially following the confirmed absence of Theo Walcott.

However, Lallana faces competition from the likes of Andros Townsend, Alex Chamberlain and Ross Barkley in the hunt for a place at the World Cup Finals.

Adam Lallana's Southampton side face Mark Hughes's Stoke City side at St. Mary's Stadium this Saturday.

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