Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Adam Lallana would get into Brazil and Spain squads

Lallana won his first two England caps against Chile and Germany. Photo: PA

Adam Lallana is one of the best players in England right now and would be a shoo-in for any other country's World Cup squad, according to Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino.

After a quiet first season in the Premier League, the 25-year-old has been one of the top flight's most exciting players this term.

The Saints captain has provided five assists and netted seven goals in the league this season, including the opener in Saturday's emphatic 3-0 win at Fulham.

England manager Roy Hodgson was at Craven Cottage and will have been pleased by what he saw from Lallana, while Pochettino, a former Argentina international, believes he would get into the world's best sides.

"His progress is consistent, his progress is constant," he said of Lallana, who made his 250th appearance for Saints in west London.

"It's his second season in the Premier League so it's only normal that he's becoming even more professional and his progress is always on the up, it's always constant.

"These are players that are always improving and they are showing their talent and progression.

"You can see that he is one of the most talented players in the English game right now.

"He is the type of player that is hard to find in any other English team. It is clear to anyone the talent that he has got.

"I have great respect for Roy Hodgson's decisions, it's not up to me to decide who gets on the plane.

"In my opinion, if Adam Lallana had a Brazilian nationality, a Spanish nationality, if he were another Mata, Oscar, Hazard, or any of these type of players then, for sure, he would be going with their national side. I truly believe that.