Martin Keown singles out imaginative Adam Lallana for praise after flat England display

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Martin Keown has praised Liverpool playmaker Adam Lallana.

Pundit and former England international Martin Keown has told the Daily Mail that he felt Adam Lallana 'showed good imagination' for England's goal against Netherlands.

The Three Lions were in high spirits heading into Tuesday's game, having come from 2-0 down to beat world champions Germany 3-2 on Saturday evening, but Tuesday's night's match fell flat.

Jamie Vardy put England 1-0 up at Wembley, but a Vincent Janssen penalty and a controversial goal from Luciano Narsingh handed Netherlands the win over Roy Hodgson's men.

With Hodgson picking a rotated side, England's performance didn't live up to expectations, but there is still a sense of quiet optimism about this young, vibrant England side - and Adam Lallana earned praise for his performance in Tuesday's defeat.

After the final whistle, former Arsenal defender, ex-England international and current pundit Martin Keown told the Daily Mail that he felt Lallana was one of England's better players on the night, and showed excellent creativity for Vardy's opening goal.

Lallana received the ball on the edge of the box, and whilst he could have had a shot on goal, he instead rolled the ball through to Kyle Walker, who squared for Vardy to tap into the net - and Keown felt Lallana was a bright spot in an otherwise flat England performance.

"I thought Adam Lallana came in and out of the game but he showed some good imagination for England’s opener," said Keown. "He found himself in a central position and demonstrated good awareness to find the pass out to Kyle Walker. The game felt a bit flat after the brilliance of Berlin but England’s goal showed some impressive and intricate passing and Lallana was at the heart of it," he added.

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