Southampton this week have finally been recognised by pundits and fans of fellow teams that they are a seriously strong and dangerous team in the premiership after a very comfortable 4-1 win against Hull and will stay in third place during the international break.
The previous week has been one of the best in the club's history. Three of their star players have been announced in the England squad for the upcoming friendlies against Chile and Germany. Incredible performances from Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana meant that they join fellow Saint Rickie Lambert in the England squad for the friendlies. Lallana especially has impressed everyone across the country with his ingenious movement and pace that allow him to control the midfield with ease. He has the opportunity to start for England against Chile and like Andros Townsend did in the world cup qualifiers; this is a chance for the Southampton captain to make his mark on the international stage with authority.
Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert have shown their goal scoring abilities throughout the first eleven games of the season both being on the score sheet multiple times. This is something England Manager Roy Hodgson has definitely noticed along with the masterful ability to put teams under pressure in their defensive quarter. This attacking style has led to many goals for the club and has received tonnes of praise from pundits and fellow professionals.
Along with the three first team call-ups, James Ward-Prowse and Luke Shaw have been named in the U-21s England squad and followed the lead from the senior boys and have almost become part of the starting eleven.
As well as the England Call-ups, after their 4-1 home win over Hull at the weekend and with Newcastle and Sunderland causing massive upsets to Tottenham and Manchester City, Saints will remain in the third place during the international break and with only losing one match from eleven, this is the best start to a season the club has ever had.
These are incredibly exciting times for the club and it was even mentioned by BBC pundits Martin Kewon and Alan Shearer of why the club hasn’t been brought up in conversation as outside contenders for the title. The next match against Arsenal at the Emirates will be the most important game so far. Travelling to the league leaders who have recently lost to Manchester United will be a very tough task for the club but an impressive performance will only further strengthen their reputation.