Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana accepts that Gareth Southgate made the right decision to omit him from England’s World Cup squad
Lallana endured another injury-plagued campaign at Liverpool last season and made just three starts.
While he struggled with his injuries, Jurgen Klopp’s side reached the final of the Champions League and secured a top-four finish in the Premier League in his absence.
And Lallana has accepted that Southgate was left with little choice but to leave him out due to his lack of playing time at Anfield last season.
“[Gareth] has been absolutely brilliant,” said Lallana, as stated on ESPN.
“It probably wasn’t a comfortable call for him but he made it, like he made it for the other lads who missed out.
“I know that if my season was different and I had been fit, I would have been there. But it was probably the right call.
“He said you don’t gain your form in a tournament, going on history and past experiences.
“Listen, the lads had a massive tournament but I am sure I have still got a lot to give. I will be there in the next camp.
“Of course it was frustrating because I wanted to be there. It is what it is. Sometimes when you are a professional footballer, you have to deal with tough decisions.
“So I was just supporting them like any other fan. My best mate Jordan [Henderson] was there and he was one of the best players. It was great to see him do so well. The team got to a semifinal and it was a remarkable achievement.”
A good preseason for the 30-year-old will be vital if he is to put his injury woes from last season behind and get back into Klopp’s plans at Liverpool.
“I had a good break,” Lallana said.
“I probably physically didn’t need it hence why it was good to meet up with England and train for a week.
“I trained myself over the summer. I came back, had a little bit of illness in the first three or four days and missed the game at Chester. But the 45 minutes have been brilliant for me. It is exactly what I need.
“I want time on the grass and that is the beauty of preseason. I am enjoying it and my body is feeling good.”