Lallana was selected as part of Roy Hodgson’s 23-man England squad for the tournament, and is set to play a big role in their efforts to escape from a difficult group stage.
But the Southampton captain has begun to embrace what would have been considered a shock call-up to the squad a year ago, by learning phrases that may help him get around in Brazil.
Lallana, along with Chelsea’s Gary Cahill, learned to ask where a match will be shown, directions to the stadium and even how to order beers from the bar.
The midfielder is not likely to need navigation to arenas or even have access to an alcoholic beverage, but can be sure of featuring heavily in the side this month. Lallana scored ten goals in 42 appearances for Southampton last season, and was one of several names along with Luke Shaw, Ricky Lambert and Jay Rodriguez who helped the Saints become the surprise package in the Premier League.
Lallana has reportedly asked the southern England club to allow him to speak to Liverpool about a transfer after the World Cup, where he would join his team-mate Ricky Lambert next season. Southampton have been outspoken that they do not wish to sell their best players, but with Lallana’s desire to play in the Champions League, they could find it tough to hold on to their captain.
The 26-year-old could prove to be one of four huge exits for the Saints this summer, after manager Mauricio Pochettino left for Tottenham Hotspur, Ricky Lambert transferred to Liverpool, and the ongoing speculation that Luke Shaw will join Manchester United refuses to go away.