Goal readers back Lallana to step in for England captain Gerrard

Over 40 per cent of responses to our poll called for the in-form Southampton skipper to bring his attacking flair to the Three Lions' starting XI in place of the Liverpool star
Goal readers have backed Southampton captain Adam Lallana to make his debut in place of the injured Steven Gerrard in England's friendly against Chile.

The Three Lions skipper is out of Friday's match, though remains hopeful of being fit to face Germany on Tuesday, leaving a place open in midfield.

Frank Lampard is expected to captain Roy Hodgson's side but, with Jack Wilshere also a doubt following his controversial call-up, 40.8 per cent of those who responded to our poll plumped for the in-form Saints star.

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Lallana, who has spent his whole career on the Southampton books and played a key role in their rise from League One to the Premier League, shined in his side's last match before the international break, scoring a fine goal in a 4-1 win over Hull City.

The Saints captain would be making his first appearance for England but one man who has already debuted is Everton's Ross Barkley. A sizeable 22.6% of readers recommended that the young midfielder be given another chance following a promising start in national colours, as well as a series of impressive performances at club level this season.

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson earned a recall to Hodgson's squad after consistent displays for the Reds and 20.8% backed the former Sunderland man to make a difference in place of his club team-mate.

The candidate to have featured the most for England previously is Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley. However, less spectacular performances for club and country prompted only 15.8% of responders to call for his inclusion against Chile.