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Southampton's executive chairman Nicola Cortese believes the Premier League club has a responsibility to blood young players in order to help the England national side.

Saints have a number of highly-rated youngsters at the club, with the likes of Jay Rodriguez, Luke Shaw and James Ward-Prowse all expected to play key roles in the 2013/14 campaign.

In addition, 18-year-old midfielder Calum Chambers, an England under-19 international, has also been tipped to make the breakthrough this season, having played a key role during Saints' pre-season plans thus far.

Cortese, who has backed striker Rodriguez to force his way into the England squad before Christmas, told the Daily Mail: "We have a commitment to bring young players into the first team and that’s why the door to the first team is open.

"The standard at the club is rising, but we have a responsibility to help the English team with players if they want to select them."

In recent years, the likes of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have both come through the ranks at St. Mary's, and with Shaw the latest Academy graduate to shoot to stardom with the south coast outfit, Mauricio Pochettino's side could play a key role in the development of the national side in the years to come.

 

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