Lallana 'hungry to impress' for England

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The midfielder, who joined Liverpool from Southampton in the summer, scored his first goal for the club against West Brom and is keen to impress on the international stage

Adam Lallana is eager to impress England manager Roy Hodgson if given the chance against San Marino on Thursday.

The Liverpool midfielder missed the start of the season due to a knee injury, but has shone since returning to action and scored his first goal for his new club against West Brom last Saturday.

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Lallana has subsequently been rewarded with a place in England's squad for their Euro 2016 qualifying double-header against San Marino and Estonia this week, and is determined to prove his worth to Hodgson.

"Being a fresh campaign, I'm always looking to impress," he explained.

"As there is a lot of competition out there, I'm hungry to impress."

The 26-year-old's former Southampton team-mate Nathaniel Clyne has earned a maiden senior call-up thanks to his early-season form, and Lallana is not surprised to see him join up with the national team.

"Nathaniel Clyne has come on a lot over the last few years, and throughly deserved his England call-up.

"He's a top-drawer player."

With England taking on a San Marino side positioned bottom of the world rankings, Lallana admits a number of players are keen to boost their international goal tally against a team that the Three Lions defeated 8-0 and 5-0 in qualification for the 2014 World Cup.

"We're not looking past the next two games, we want to get the job done. We've been working on how we want to play in training," he added.

"We are preparing as normal and the three points is what we want.

"Players will want to fill their boots. But that's the same in any game."

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