At the start of the Premier League season, Southampton were the surprise package of the league.
Everyone is now getting used to their consistently brilliant performances, however, and are starting to take them seriously as a high quality team in the division.
There are two things that stand out about the Saints great season so far, one being their incredible defensive record and the other being the performances of the English attacking trio of Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert.
Having only conceded five goals in 11 Premier League games, Southampton have one of the best defences in the whole of Europe. That stellar record is one of the reasons why they are flying so high - third in the table on 22 points at the moment.
The main reason for their strong success this season has to be Lallana, Rodriguez and Lambert's form.
The English threesome who lead the line for the Saints have been irresistible of late and have combined for ten goals and six assists since the season started.
The intricate passing play of the three combined with Lambert's formidable ariel ability, Lallana's brilliant control and vision and Rodriguez's clinical finishing has made them a deadly trio.
Southampton were an absolute joy to watch against Hull at the weekend, as a sensational performance from the English forwards tore Hull to shreds.
England manager Roy Hodgson, who was attending the game to see his three national players perform, must have been over the moon to see such beautiful football coming from his men.
As the international break is now upon us, Hodgson must be grinning to himself that he chose to include Lallana and Rodriguez along with Lambert for England's upcoming friendlies against Chile and Germany.
Hodgson has to give the three a chance to prove themselves in the lineup for at least one of the games. Lambert has already been successful for England this year and if he can combine with Lallana or Rodriguez in the national side then his production will continue to come on leaps and bounds.
Adam Lallana in particular has the kind of game that is just what England need. He is similar to Andros Townsend except for that he plays more central and is more pass-minded.
He has real pace and excellent vision, which he uses to move the ball quickly. That sort of direct attacking play could give England the spark and flair that they need to consolidate their defensive strengths and become realistic World Cup contenders.
All three of the Saints English forwards are excellent choices for the team by Hodgson, and if he can give them a chance to show what they can do, we could be seeing three potential World Cup starters up against some quality teams in the coming weeks.
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