Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez will miss England`s World Cup campaign due to an injury that will rule him out for at least six months.
The free-scoring ways of Southampton`s Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert continue to push their claims for swapping the south coast for Brazil`s Copacabana beach come World Cup time.
Jay Rodriguez scored his sixth goal of the season to secure a 1-1 draw for Southampton with in-form Newcastle in their Premier League clash on Saturday, according to reports.
`Fortress` is a term much overused in the hyperbolic language of English Premier League football, but as far as Southampton are concerned, Newcastle`s St James`s Park comes as close as anything to fulfilling that forboding definition.
Chelsea skipper John Terry has made his 400th Premier League appearance during his side`s 3-1 win over Southampton at home in Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
England new-boy Adam Lallana has pleaded with boss Roy Hodgson to give him another chance after his international debut ended in a frustrating 2-0 defeat against Chile.
England manager Roy Hodgson handed call-ups to uncapped Southampton pair Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana as he unveiled his squad for friendly games against Chile and Germany on Thursday.
Reading remain anchored to the foot of the Premier League table after being defeated 2-0 at the Madejski Stadium by fellow strugglers Southampton.
Chelsea`s top-four credentials are in doubt after they fell to a shock defeat to Southampton on Saturday, with Mauricio Pochettino`s men dragging themselves towards safety.
The Senegal international was denied the chance of a hat-trick when Frank Lampard took, and scored, a late penalty, as Rafa Benitez`s men bounced back from defeat against QPR.
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