Lallana ruled out of England qualifiers

1 Oct

Adam Lallana


Adam Lallana scored his first England goal in their last match, against Slovakia

Liverpool attacker Adam Lallana will miss England’s next two World Cup qualifiers after injuring his groin during the Reds’ 2-1 win at Swansea.

Lallana, 28, scored England’s winner in their opening Group F fixture against Slovakia but will not be available for the games against Malta on 8 October and Slovenia on 11 October.

Interim England manager Gareth Southgate names his squad on Sunday.

“He has no chance for the national team,” said Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.

“But hopefully 15 or 16 days should be enough to bring him back on the pitch.”

The match against Malta at Wembley will be Southgate’s first in charge of the national side after he was promoted on a temporary basis in the aftermath of Sam Allardyce leaving the post.

Allardyce departed by “mutual agreement” on Tuesday after 67 days in the job following a newspaper investigation which claimed he offered advice on how to “get around” rules on player transfers.

Liverpool face Manchester United in their next match, at Anfield on Monday, 17 October (20:00 BST).

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