Lallana: I’m no Xavi or Iniesta

England international Adam Lallana has distanced himself from comparisons to Xavi and Andres Iniesta.

Lallana’s club boss Mauricio Pochettino has previously stated that the Southampton midfielder is similar to the Barcelona pair.

But the 26-year-old has insisted that their respective medal hauls would suggest not.

“It's flattering to hear those comparisons but I had a chat with [Pochettino] and told him I didn't really agree with him,” he told reporters.

“I mentioned it to him a couple of times because they are world-class players who have won World Cups, European Championships and Champions Leagues.

“So, hopefully in the summer, I will have the chance to grace the field with them and test myself against them. They are obviously big players that I look up to. The way they move the ball and manipulate it.

“The Spaniards have been at the top for the past five or six years with the national team but we will be looking to change that this summer.”

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