Michael Owen comments on Adam Lallana's performance against Russia

England's Adam Lallana shoots at goal

Lallana seemed to impress the former Liverpool and England striker.

England's Adam Lallana shoots at goal

Former Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen has been full of praise for Adam Lallana's performance for England in their Euro 2016 opener against Russia.

Lallana played the full 90 minutes of the Group B clash which ended in a 1-1 draw as Eric Dier's free-kick was cancelled out by a stoppage time header from Vasili Beretzuski.

The consensus is that England put in a positive performance and were unlucky not to get all three points from their opening game, while Lallana had a couple of opportunities himself in the first half; although he perhaps should have done better with an effort he dragged wide when he ought to have hit the target.

Television pundit and former footballer Michael Owen speaks at 'England - The Big Debate' during the Soccerex Global Convention

Owen told the official Liverpool website: “I thought Lallana played particularly well against Russia and I thought England as a whole played brilliantly.

“It was probably the most I’ve enjoyed watching England for a long time. I thought they were brilliant and Lallana was integral to that.

“Out of possession he was the catalyst in squeezing play, pressing, closing down and winning the ball back, and if he didn’t win the ball then he set it up for his teammate to do so."

England's Adam Lallana looks dejected

Certainly there was a lot of good play from Lallana but if there was anything to bemoan it was his end product. He did however create plenty of openings for his team, linking well with Kyle Walker who was operating as the full-back on that side and he was quite vocal on the field.

It is clear that there is a key role for him to play and the chances are he will line up again against Wales on Thursday in what is a crucial game in Group B, with Wales picking up a win from their opening game, and their clash coming the day after Russia take on Slovakia in the other game in the group. 

England's Adam Lallana in action with Russia's Georgi Schennikov

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