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Lallana Praises England's Winning Run

Adam Lallana believes that England have set themselves up for success with their three victories in three friendlies leading up to the Euros this weekend.

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Roy Hodgson's England team finished their final run to the Euros with wins in friendlies against Turkey, Australia, and Portugal. This winning mentality heading into the big tournament should boost their confidence as they seek to make it through Group B.

Adam Lallana believes that while they didn't put up the most impressive victories, simply winning was all that mattered.

"We've had three great results," he said. "You want to get in the winning habit and have a winning mentality. In every game we feel we could have played better, but it's not always about performance. Against Russia I'll take a bad performance and a win. All the team's focus will be on Russia now."

"It's the first game, you don't want to lose your first match and it's important we get off to a good start and build from there. I think it's important to treat it as much of a normal game as you can. There's always going to be hype but if we concentrate on our football and don't get too caught up in the emotion and what comes with it then I'm sure we'll be fine.

"There are three games and I'm sure six or seven points will definitely get you qualified. I think you just have to take it a game at a time. Obviously there is going to be a lot of hype and expectation about England doing well but as a player you just have to keep focused on the job in hand."

Regarding the fact that England are going into the Euros with such a young team, the 28-year-old Lallana has praised Hodgson's decision, saying:

"We've got the balance of a young, fearless team with a good blend of experience as well," he continued. "It's great to be versatile and we've got different options or plans that we can switch to. I think it's good there is an element of surprise so the opposition don't know what we're doing. I think that's a massive positive going into the tournament.

"We're not just going to have 11 players that are going to feature, if we are going to do well then you need the whole 23. The manager stressed that, so regardless of what team he picks for each game and what happens, suspension and injury-wise, you could find yourself not playing a minute in the first three games and playing in a big match towards the end of the tournament.

"Whatever team the manager selects, everyone will be behind him and behind the team to keep doing well."

England's first challenge will be against Russia on Saturday June 11th.