Southampton’s 4-0 romp through the weekend’s battle for eighth place with Newcastle United was another glowing advert for the well-honed interplay of Southampton, and potentially England, trio Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez.
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All three men found the net at St Mary’s, with both Lambert and Lallana creating goals and Rodriguez netting a brace in a performance of heavenly harmony in the south coast sunshine.
Of the trio, skipper Lallana, who shone for his nation when introduced in place of the injured Jack Wilshere against Denmark, is viewed as most likely to make Roy Hodgson’s final 23.
Yet, given the mutual understanding forged with Lambert and Rodriguez over four seasons and two seasons respectively, there’s an argument to suggest that all three should make the plane.
Rodriguez’s brace against Alan Pardew’s men took him alongside Wayne Rooney as the second-highest-scoring Englishman in the Premier League behind Daniel Sturridge.
Not bad considering ten of those goals have come in 20 starts on the left or right wings.
Meanwhile, Rickie Lambert’s ten assists, equal to Rooney and second only to Luis Suarez in the standings, highlight the fact that he is far, far more than a head on a stick or penalty area finisher.
Rodriguez, Lambert and Lallana have notched 34 of the Saints’ 49 league strikes this term between them, with ten of those goals assisted by one or other of the triumvirate, meaning Roy Hodgson would be rash to pass up the chance to harness their ready-made accord.