Adam Lallana: 'I want World Cup place'

West Ham's Mark Noble and Southampton's Adam Lallana battle for the ball during their Premier League match on September 15, 2013
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Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana targets a place in England's World Cup after earning a call into the Three Lions squad for games against Chile and Germany.

Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana has insisted that he will not be joining Roy Hodgson's squad this week to make up the numbers, targeting a place in his 23-man party for next summer's World Cup finals.

Lallana's fine start to the season earned him a call-up for England's friendlies against Chile and Germany as he joined his Saints teammates Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez in the Three Lions fold.

He told The Mirror: "The next two or three weeks are massive and I'm not going to put too much pressure on myself.

"But I won't just be going along for the ride. You've got to have that desire when there's a World Cup around the corner because it's every kid's dream, it's the pinnacle of a footballer's career and it would be silly to treat it as anything less.

"I've just got to try and take my chance, however many minutes I get on the pitch and play the best football I can, and the same goes for Jay and Rickie."

Lallana helped the Saints go third in the Premier League with another eye-catching display at the weekend, scoring in a 4-1 win over Hull City.

Adam Lallana of Southampton celebrates with team mates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Swansea City at St Mary's Stadium on October 6, 2013
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