Southampton move up to fourth

Mauricio Pochettino would not be surprised to see Southampton captain Adam Lallana follow Rickie Lambert into the England set-up after his fantastic start to the season.

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Pochettino praises Southampton as they win again

Southampton manger Mauricio Pochettino during the Barclays Premier League match at St Marys, Credit: Clive Gee/PA Wire

It was the latest of several impressive performances from the Saints skipper, who manager Pochettino believes could well be next in line to represent England.

"I'm very happy for Adam," he said of Lallana, who was called up for England's World Cup qualifier with Ukraine in September 2012 but did not play.

Southampton's Adam Lallana (centre) celebrates with his team mates after scoring the opening goal of the game Credit: Clive Gee/PA Wore

"He's a great bloke and a great professional and he's very passionate about this club, about Southampton, so I'm happy for him.

Southampton's Jay Rodriguez (right) is congratulated by Southampton's Danny Fox (left) after scoring his sides second goal of the game Credit: Clive Gee/PA Wire

Pochettino also heaped praise on goalkeeper Artur Boruc, who pulled off a string of fine saves as Southampton recorded a fifth clean sheet of the season.

Swansea's Angel Rangel (left) and Southampton's Steven Davis battle for the ball Credit: Clive Gee/PA Wire

"He was incredible," Southampton boss Pochettino said of the Poland international. "He did ever so well, but it just shows we have full trust in his performances and his skill, and also in our other keepers.

Three wins in a row for Southampton

Having risen up the leagues to lead the line for his country, Lambert's heroics for the Three Lions have captured the nation's heart.

The 31-year-old has not yet managed to produce the same form for Saints, who are flying high after claiming three wins on the trot. The latest came against Swansea on Sunday, with captain Lallana opening the scoring in a hard-fought, and somewhat fortuitous, 2-0 win at St Mary's.

It was the latest of several impressive performances from the Saints skipper, who manager Pochettino believes could well be next in line to represent England.

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