Lallana & Shaw don't need Man United, claims Le Tissier

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Southampton captain Adam Lallana and starlet Luke Shaw don't need mega-money summer moved to Manchester United, Liverpool or elsewhere to make their mark on the international stage, according to club legend Matt Le Tissier.

Shaw and Lallana have both enjoyed fantastic Premier League campaigns that have put Saints in a difficult position when the campaign closes, with United in particular monitoring both closely with a view to a £55m double summer swoop.

Both men have broken into Roy Hodgson's England squad despite not playing in the Champions League or for an established title challenger, with Le Tissier adamant that the Saints duo should tread very carefully before jumping ship, prioritising playing regular first-team football above all else.

Le Tissier told The Mirror: "The landscape has changed since I was a player, when you probably needed to play for one of the top four or five sides to be considered for England contention.

“Now there is such a shortage of English players in the Premier League that it means you are bound to get noticed if you are playing well.

For Adam, if he decides to join a club in the Champions League, the main consideration is going to be time on the pitch. At Saints, as captain, he is first name on the teamsheet - but if he is competing for a place in a squad with 25 internationals, is he going to play every week?

“Much of his calculation will have to be based around how much football the boy himself wants to play."

Saints are facing a fierce fight to keep all of their top stars at the end of the season, a victim of their own success thanks to the club's best ever Premier League campaign under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino.

The Argentine's future as manager is also under serious question, with Saints chairman  Ralph Krueger planning to sit down with the Saints boss this summer as he bids to calm fears over a mass exodus and keep the club moving forward.

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