Saints hailed, with promise of more to come for England

Fri Nov 8, 2013 8:50am EST
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By Ossian Shine

SOUTHAMPTON, England (Reuters) - Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino on Friday heralded his trio of England call-ups, and predicted there would be more to come from the club rapidly making a name for itself as an incubator for future stars.

The club which nurtured the world's most expensive player Gareth Bale, plus England striker Theo Walcott, on Thursday had Rickie Lambert, Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana called up to Roy Hodgson's squad for matches against Chile and Germany.

With Luke Shaw, James Ward-Prowse and Nathaniel Clyne all causing ripples, if not yet waves, in the Premier League, Pochettino's prediction would appear not to be too off-beam.

"I think if they continue working as they have been, they will definitely get there," he said of the youngsters. "They do need some time to grow and to mature as players, they are very young still, but with patience and hard work they can get there."

Pochettino said Rodriguez's international call would help the big striker's confidence, and that is was a timely reward for his hard work and flexibility.

"Jay fully deserves the call-up, he has been on a great run," said the manager. "I am really happy for him and we are really proud of all three of them, and lucky to have them.


"I think the whole squad has improved and grown a lot... but I am really proud of the three players who were called up. I am extremely happy for the entire Southampton family.   Continued...

Southampton's manager Mauricio Pochettino is seen before their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester City at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton February 9, 2013. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth