Lallana: England Under-21s role was an amazing insight

Midfielder enjoyed time with Lee Carsley's team during international break.

By Charlie Hanson • 14 September 2023

By Paul Hazlewood
Adam Lallana spent part of the international break working with England Under-21s.

Adam Lallana admitted he loved the opportunity to work with England under-21s during the international break in a player-coach role.

The 35-year-old was involved with the current Euro Under-21 champions ahead of their 3-0 win over Luxembourg on Monday, working closely with head coach Lee Carsley.

“I had a great week with the players and staff,” Adam said. “Lee made it very easy for me to settle in and feel comfortable. It’s a bit different going there as a player and then being more of a mentor, but the transition was pretty seamless because of the environment.

“England won the Euros in the summer – the challenge is to win after winning, which is never easy. The under-21s have got a target on their back because they’re the champions.

“It was an amazing insight for me into what may lie in the future, I was delighted with the opportunity and thankful to Brighton and Roberto [De Zerbi] for not just being happy for me to go, but excited that I got the opportunity.

“I was involved in training and took a few little bits, just being that bridge between the coaches and the players. I am still playing in the Premier League so I will still experience the same things as those boys – frustrations, losing and winning as a player.

“When you’re young you want everything now, you can be inpatient, so I can help in those areas, while also getting an opportunity to see the blueprint of being a successful coach.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Adam Lallana made 34 senior appearances for England.

The former Southampton and Liverpool midfielder was lined up for the role by our technical director, David Weir.

“David Weir has got a really good relationship with Lee from their time together at Everton. It came about through that, and as soon as he told me I am sure David would have seen my eyes light up. I spoke to a few people, but the head coach was the most important person and I had his blessing straight away.”