Jamie Redknapp has called on Adam Lallana to become England's 'go-to guy' in the coming years after a series of impressive performances for his country.
Lallana was on target for England again during Friday night's emphatic 3-0 World Cup qualifyingwin over Scotland, continuing his hot streak after grabbing a last-gasp winner against Slovakia in Sam Allardyce's only game in charge and earning the Man of the Match award for his exploits against the Scots at Wembley.
The 28-year-old has been in excellent form for both England and Liverpool this season but Redknapp has challenged the former Southampton star to kick on and become a key influence for his country.
Redknapp wrote in hisDaily Mailcolumn:The challenge for him now is how good does he want to be? Does he want to be described as just a good player or one of the best midfielders in Europe?
I remember Lallana as a kid when I was at Southampton. He was a good young player but a bit too nice, and you could push him off the ball.
Now he's developing a nastiness ” he is getting on the ball more and adding goals to his game for both club and country.
Adam Lallana MOTM tonight for England and always giving the highest level of performances for Liverpool - What a great year he is having ï“¸ pic.twitter.com/VzyuTNnQlK
He was England's shining light on Friday night and one we can build the team around.�
Lallana will face his former side when Liverpool take on Southampton at St Mary's as the Reds look to continue the exceptional form that has propelled them to the Premier League's summit.