Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana reveals his Champions League ambitions
Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana has revealed his ambition to play in the Champions League.
Last Updated: 21/03/14 6:58pm
Lallana has emerged as one of the most exciting talents in English football and is widely expected to be included in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad.
His impressive form has helped Southampton pursue a lofty finish in the Premier League and the club are still in the hunt for a Europa League place.
Lallana's immediate aim is to earn an England role in Brazil this summer, but the 25-year-old hopes one day to test himself in Europe's top competition.
"In the long term I would love to feature and play in Champions League football, but I'm sure everyone in our team will tell you that," he told Sky Sports News' Weekend Warm-Up.
"For the moment I'm just really focused on the remaining part of the season. It's going to be a tough eight to nine weeks and hopefully fingers crossed a busy summer.
"I need to keep working hard, concentrate on my fitness and on my form. I'm fully focused on trying to get the club into the Europa League and hopefully by doing that I'll be able to force myself into the squad."
He has enjoyed the opportunity of mixing with England's top stars since making his debut against Chile in November and Lallana wants a lengthy international career.
"When I've played for England and trained with them it's great. You get that taste for what it's like playing with the world's best players and on the best stage in the world," he said.
"I've enjoyed every moment of it and I want to keep progressing and hopefully get as many more caps as possible.
"Of course I'd love to go to the World Cup, but I just want to make sure I keep my feet on the ground and keep working hard and hopefully that formula will make me get into the final squad."