World Cup 2018: Liverpool star Adam Lallana on red alert for late England inclusion

WORLD CUP stand-by Adam Lallana has put himself on red alert for a late England call-up.

Posted Tuesday, May 29, 2018 by

World Cup 2018: Liverpool star Adam Lallana on red alert for late England inclusion
Adam Lallana is doing everything he can to push himself into World Cup contention

The Liverpool attacking midfielder was not included in Gareth Southgate's 23-man squad which flies out to Russia in a fortnight's time.

The 30-year-old is a Southgate favourite but an injury-ravaged campaign saw him miss out.

But as a reserve, he is under orders to be ready for an 11th hour draft.

And so keen is Lallana to prove his fitness, he's reporting for England duty tomorrow despite his fellow Liverpool players being given the week off following their Champions League final heartache.

While Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold won't be linking up with England until Saturday but won't be involved in England's game against Nigeria at Wembley,

Lallana meanwhile has checked into St George's Park three days early in a desperate bid to get himself 100 per cent fit .

England take on Costa Rica at Elland Road next Thursday, before a behind-closed-doors training game rounds off their pre-tournament preparations.

World Cup 2018: Liverpool star Adam Lallana on red alert for late England inclusion
Lallana replaced Mo Salah in the Champions League final

Southgate is well aware that history suggests at least one player could drop out of the original squad and Lallana is thought to be heading the stand-by list.

He looked short of match sharpness after replacing the stricken Mo Salah midway through the first half in Kiev on Saturday night.

And that's why he's made the decision to forsake a few days' off to train hard with England.

Southgate welcomed back Chelsea and Manchester United players yesterday after they were granted additional leave following the FA Cup final.

Jesse Lingard was given the green light to train after shaking off an ankle problem but Leicester's Harry Maguire sat out the session to have his fitness monitored after an arduous season.

Chelsea youngster Trevoh Chalobah was called up for the while everyone else was fit to train.

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