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Three more reasons why it’s a great season

7 November, 2013

Three words – Lambert, Lallana, Rodriguez.

Saints are having their best start to a season for thirty years. The best since the year we finished runners-up to Liverpool, still our highest ever league position. In our second season since we catapulted back to the Premier League after seven years away, optimists among our fan base were saying we would probably finish above mid-table, maybe 8th or 7th at a push. Those with a more objective view looked at the way we didn’t win for the last 6 games last year, wondered if we might suffer from second season syndrome (where the  excitement and momentum of promotion has rubbed off) and struggle this year. Technically we were only safe one game from the end of last season but  it was such a mad league that everyone up to 9th was mathematically able to go down at that point too.

But this year we have wowed the world of football. We have beaten Liverpool away (outplaying them for the whole 90 minutes), drawn with Man Utd away (after having more shots and more possession), have only lost once in the league, and at one point touched third place. Okay that was only for an evening till the sunday games, but hey it counts. Currently we sit sixth after only drawing at Stoke on Saturday, we lost in the League Cup last night, and those optimistic fans predicting 7th may still prove to be over-expectant come May, but this is still a good time to be a Saints fan. And we play Arsenal away in a couple of weeks – they are top so we will be doing the rest of the League a favour when we beat them! [hello MI :)]

And if all that wasnt enough, Roy Hodgson named his England squad today for next week’s friendlies. Okay they are only friendlies, but he has picked THREE of our players. Rickie Lambert (Southampton’s Goal Machine) has been a regular since he came on against Scotland and scored with his first ever touch in an England shirt, so he isn’t a surprise. Adam Lallana (makes Messi look shite) is our captain, is getting back to the blistering form he showed during our promotion years and after a few months of our fans murmuring it was about time he got a call up, he will be there too. And thirdly Jay Rodriguez (who hasn’t got a decent song, only “Da da da da Jay Rodriguez” a la PigBag) is filling that wide role behind Rickie and making it his own this season. He’s got pace, ability and now an England call-up.

Reality check – although these friendlies are to help Hodgson decide on the squad for the World Cup next year (note baseball fans – World Cup means all the countries of the WORLD play in it) it is unlikely that all three Saints will be in selected. So MI won’t get a chance to see our Saints trio in action at the Maracana. But Lambert is a real possibility and Lallana isn’t far behind.  In 1894 Saints player Charles William Miller modern football to Brazil, and how appropriate it would be in 2014 for at least ne Saints player to represent England at the World Cup in Brazil. It’s destiny.

 

Matthew Le Tissier hails Southampton’s England call-ups

 

 

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5 Comments
  1. Morbid Insanity permalink

    “And we play Arsenal away in a couple of weeks – they are top so we will be doing the rest of the League a favour when we beat them! [hello MI 🙂 ]” >>> ¬¬ not funny! lol

    “Adam Lallana (makes Messi look shite)” >>> Really? O.o

    “But Lambert is a real possibility and Lallana isn’t far behind” >>> Very good! Well, it’d be very good to have, at least, one Saints representing England here. Of course, with or without Southampton’s players, I’d be rooting for England in a match against Brazil (Brazil is not deserving to win the World Cup).

    • “not funny! lol” — I notice that the Flamengo final is two legs either side of the Arsenal game, so you won’t mind losing just one of those three right? 😉

      “Really? O.o ” — Erm, no not really.But it’s a good song!

      “I’d be rooting for England ” — wow, you’d support England against Brazil? We don’t deserve to win the World Cup either, we’re rubbish lol

      • Morbid Insanity permalink

        “so you won’t mind losing just one of those three right?”
        O.o what?! I hope Southampton stays in the group of the first 3 teams, but sorry, Arsenal needs to win the championship and it means to win ALL the matches, or at least draw one or two. Anyway, we CANNOT lose! 😉

        “wow, you’d support England against Brazil?”
        Yes! Well, I have not watched England’s games to the Cup, so I don’t have what to add about the English team. :/

      • well, Arsenal are more likely to be in the top three at the end of the season than we are, but we will be doing our best to make sure they lose that day!

      • Morbid Insanity permalink

        “we will be doing our best to make sure they lose that day!”

        lol I know!

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