Lallana plays down Saints exit

Adam Lallana has played down talk linking him with a move away from Southampton, saying he is happy with life at St Mary’s.

Reports have suggested Manchester United are weighing up a move for Lallana with the winger impressing for Southampton this season.

Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino had warned clubs off a move for Lallana, insisting the club are under no pressure to sell their captain.

Lallana, who has broken into the England squad this season, has pledged his commitment to Southampton, claiming he has no plans to leave the south coast.

"I can’t express how happy I am at the club," Lallana told the Daily Mirror. "I am so settled. Settled at home with a young child and my family live down here.

"I don’t think I am too comfortable either, I get challenged week in week out playing in the Premier League. It is where you want to be as a player.

"I am delighted and as happy as I have ever been here playing for Southampton with one of the best managers in the league."

Meanwhile, Southampton team-mate Jay Rodriguez is determined to keep alive his chances of making England’s World Cup squad by maintaining his rich vein of form in front of goal.

Rodriguez, who made his England debut in last month’s defeat to Chile, scored twice in the Boxing Day win over Cardiff to take his tally to the season to nine.

The former Burnley man claims his England call-up has boosted his confidence and that he wants to stay in Roy Hodgson’s plans for next summer’s finals in Brazil.

"It is an honor to play for your country and a confidence boost to be selected," noted Rodriguez.

"It was a nice taste and you obviously want more of it, so hopefully, I can just carry on improving. That’s all you can do."