Saints striker Jay Rodriguez boosts World Cup chances

JAY RODRIGUEZ

JAY RODRIGUEZ

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Jay Rodriguez gave his World Cup hopes a shot in the arm, as he bagged his 13th goal of the season to hand Saints victory at Crystal Palace.

The striker burst clear and slotted home in the first-half, after winning a 50-50 challenge with the home side’s keeper, Julian Speroni.

Rodriguez’s goal came just a few days after being involved with England in the last friendly before Roy Hodgson names his squad for Brazil.

Although the 24-year-old did not make it onto the pitch in the 1-0 win over Denmark, he could yet earn a place at the World Cup. Rodriguez would love the opportunity, but says he will not be expecting anything.

“Hopefully it happens again and hopefully I can carry on scoring as many goals as I can when the chances come my way,” he said.

“It’s always a brilliant feeling to be selected for your national side, you learn so much when you go away and it’s a great feeling to be a part of that.

“It was great to see Luke (Shaw) and Adam (Lallana) in there, because they’ve been fantastic all season and, for myself, it was just nice to see them play.

“It was a good all-round performance and a good one to be involved in.

“It’s a good thing to be included in the 30-man squad, because it was an unbelievable feeling for me.

“But I won’t expect anything at all, I just want to keep on improving by working hard and that’s all I can concentrate on and focus on, because that’s all I can effect.”

Saturday’s victory ended a run of three defeats for Saints, and Rodriguez was thrilled that the team have put that spell behind them.

“It was important for us to get back to winning ways,” he said. “The game was tough for us, but I thought we defended really well and played really well as a team, and deserved it.

“It was a tough game and Palace played really well, but we stuck together and defended well and controlled the game at times so it was a good performance.”

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8:33am Mon 10 Mar 14

SFCOLDBOY says...

Gutsy goal,he never had a thought about the possibility of injury.
Loved the moment.
Still thinking of all the fans with us, bouncing up and down,willing the ball to go in, as it seemed an eternity.
Bring on Norwich.
COYS.
Gutsy goal,he never had a thought about the possibility of injury. Loved the moment. Still thinking of all the fans with us, bouncing up and down,willing the ball to go in, as it seemed an eternity. Bring on Norwich. COYS. SFCOLDBOY
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8:45am Mon 10 Mar 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

All he can do is keep scoring. Given that he does have a habit of missing a few that he might sometimes look back at as 'poor misses', he does, on the other hand, score a few through shear commitment (Manure away last season, Chelski this season and now CP). That's got to keep him in Roy's mind, especially if, say, Welbeck gets a knock.
All he can do is keep scoring. Given that he does have a habit of missing a few that he might sometimes look back at as 'poor misses', he does, on the other hand, score a few through shear commitment (Manure away last season, Chelski this season and now CP). That's got to keep him in Roy's mind, especially if, say, Welbeck gets a knock. Strasbourg Saint
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9:46am Mon 10 Mar 14

george chivers says...

I think he has to score another 6 in the league to stand a chance. I hope he does it. If it was a choice between him and SRL to go to Brazil for me it would be Jayrod be cause of his pace. The only problem is when he played for England I thought he froze a bit were as SRL certainly didn't. But SRL's current form is not good.

I would also like to see Baines and Shaw play together against Italy and Uruguay. Shaw at left back Baines left mid field. This I think would give England the chance to contain Italy and Uruguay on the right hand side where they are dangerous and then springboard quickly into attack. But I don't think that is likely to happen.
I think he has to score another 6 in the league to stand a chance. I hope he does it. If it was a choice between him and SRL to go to Brazil for me it would be Jayrod be cause of his pace. The only problem is when he played for England I thought he froze a bit were as SRL certainly didn't. But SRL's current form is not good. I would also like to see Baines and Shaw play together against Italy and Uruguay. Shaw at left back Baines left mid field. This I think would give England the chance to contain Italy and Uruguay on the right hand side where they are dangerous and then springboard quickly into attack. But I don't think that is likely to happen. george chivers
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10:35am Mon 10 Mar 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

george chivers wrote:
I think he has to score another 6 in the league to stand a chance. I hope he does it. If it was a choice between him and SRL to go to Brazil for me it would be Jayrod be cause of his pace. The only problem is when he played for England I thought he froze a bit were as SRL certainly didn't. But SRL's current form is not good.

I would also like to see Baines and Shaw play together against Italy and Uruguay. Shaw at left back Baines left mid field. This I think would give England the chance to contain Italy and Uruguay on the right hand side where they are dangerous and then springboard quickly into attack. But I don't think that is likely to happen.
About right, George. Six plus could swing it. Tough ask but not impossible.

I didn't see his England match but gather he didn't shine. Mind you, there have been plenty before him whose first match wasn't great.

Baines/Shaw? It's a thought.

As for a choice between Rickie or Jay, I'm not sure that it would be a straight choice, but if it were, I'd go for Rickie because I think (pace and age aside) he does have a bit of international class that I don't think Jay yet has.
[quote][p][bold]george chivers[/bold] wrote: I think he has to score another 6 in the league to stand a chance. I hope he does it. If it was a choice between him and SRL to go to Brazil for me it would be Jayrod be cause of his pace. The only problem is when he played for England I thought he froze a bit were as SRL certainly didn't. But SRL's current form is not good. I would also like to see Baines and Shaw play together against Italy and Uruguay. Shaw at left back Baines left mid field. This I think would give England the chance to contain Italy and Uruguay on the right hand side where they are dangerous and then springboard quickly into attack. But I don't think that is likely to happen.[/p][/quote]About right, George. Six plus could swing it. Tough ask but not impossible. I didn't see his England match but gather he didn't shine. Mind you, there have been plenty before him whose first match wasn't great. Baines/Shaw? It's a thought. As for a choice between Rickie or Jay, I'm not sure that it would be a straight choice, but if it were, I'd go for Rickie because I think (pace and age aside) he does have a bit of international class that I don't think Jay yet has. Strasbourg Saint
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10:53am Mon 10 Mar 14

Clemster says...

As much as I love JR I don't think he is good enough to be included in the England squad at this moment. Just don't think he is a natural wide man or good enough as a striker. Caught between the two at the moment and though this works for us (mainly cause we don't have alot of natural width) this isn't ideal for England
As much as I love JR I don't think he is good enough to be included in the England squad at this moment. Just don't think he is a natural wide man or good enough as a striker. Caught between the two at the moment and though this works for us (mainly cause we don't have alot of natural width) this isn't ideal for England Clemster
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10:59am Mon 10 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

The fact that Woy didn't play him would indicate either that he doesn't need to know any more about him or he doesn't really rate him, everyone has a different slant on things. I just think that the only way he will be going to Brazil, is if he continues to bang goals in for us, he must make it a choice that has to be made.
The fact that Woy didn't play him would indicate either that he doesn't need to know any more about him or he doesn't really rate him, everyone has a different slant on things. I just think that the only way he will be going to Brazil, is if he continues to bang goals in for us, he must make it a choice that has to be made. OSPREYSAINT
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12:11pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Clemster says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
The fact that Woy didn't play him would indicate either that he doesn't need to know any more about him or he doesn't really rate him, everyone has a different slant on things. I just think that the only way he will be going to Brazil, is if he continues to bang goals in for us, he must make it a choice that has to be made.
Is there any need to take Mickey out of Hodgson?
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: The fact that Woy didn't play him would indicate either that he doesn't need to know any more about him or he doesn't really rate him, everyone has a different slant on things. I just think that the only way he will be going to Brazil, is if he continues to bang goals in for us, he must make it a choice that has to be made.[/p][/quote]Is there any need to take Mickey out of Hodgson? Clemster
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12:17pm Mon 10 Mar 14

george chivers says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
george chivers wrote:
I think he has to score another 6 in the league to stand a chance. I hope he does it. If it was a choice between him and SRL to go to Brazil for me it would be Jayrod be cause of his pace. The only problem is when he played for England I thought he froze a bit were as SRL certainly didn't. But SRL's current form is not good.

I would also like to see Baines and Shaw play together against Italy and Uruguay. Shaw at left back Baines left mid field. This I think would give England the chance to contain Italy and Uruguay on the right hand side where they are dangerous and then springboard quickly into attack. But I don't think that is likely to happen.
About right, George. Six plus could swing it. Tough ask but not impossible.

I didn't see his England match but gather he didn't shine. Mind you, there have been plenty before him whose first match wasn't great.

Baines/Shaw? It's a thought.

As for a choice between Rickie or Jay, I'm not sure that it would be a straight choice, but if it were, I'd go for Rickie because I think (pace and age aside) he does have a bit of international class that I don't think Jay yet has.
Fair comment.
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]george chivers[/bold] wrote: I think he has to score another 6 in the league to stand a chance. I hope he does it. If it was a choice between him and SRL to go to Brazil for me it would be Jayrod be cause of his pace. The only problem is when he played for England I thought he froze a bit were as SRL certainly didn't. But SRL's current form is not good. I would also like to see Baines and Shaw play together against Italy and Uruguay. Shaw at left back Baines left mid field. This I think would give England the chance to contain Italy and Uruguay on the right hand side where they are dangerous and then springboard quickly into attack. But I don't think that is likely to happen.[/p][/quote]About right, George. Six plus could swing it. Tough ask but not impossible. I didn't see his England match but gather he didn't shine. Mind you, there have been plenty before him whose first match wasn't great. Baines/Shaw? It's a thought. As for a choice between Rickie or Jay, I'm not sure that it would be a straight choice, but if it were, I'd go for Rickie because I think (pace and age aside) he does have a bit of international class that I don't think Jay yet has.[/p][/quote]Fair comment. george chivers
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12:18pm Mon 10 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Clemster wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
The fact that Woy didn't play him would indicate either that he doesn't need to know any more about him or he doesn't really rate him, everyone has a different slant on things. I just think that the only way he will be going to Brazil, is if he continues to bang goals in for us, he must make it a choice that has to be made.
Is there any need to take Mickey out of Hodgson?
It's not intended to be abusive, just a term of endearment, no different than calling our gaffer Poch. I like Mr Hodgson, many don't.
[quote][p][bold]Clemster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: The fact that Woy didn't play him would indicate either that he doesn't need to know any more about him or he doesn't really rate him, everyone has a different slant on things. I just think that the only way he will be going to Brazil, is if he continues to bang goals in for us, he must make it a choice that has to be made.[/p][/quote]Is there any need to take Mickey out of Hodgson?[/p][/quote]It's not intended to be abusive, just a term of endearment, no different than calling our gaffer Poch. I like Mr Hodgson, many don't. OSPREYSAINT
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1:26pm Mon 10 Mar 14

SFC4EVA says...

5 highest scoring English strikers in the Premier League this season

Daniel Sturridge 18
Jay Rodriguez 11
Wayne Rooney 11
Daniel Welbeck 9
Rickie Lambert 8

The next Englishman in the scoring table is Steven Gerrard, a mid-fielder on 8 goals!
5 highest scoring English strikers in the Premier League this season Daniel Sturridge 18 Jay Rodriguez 11 Wayne Rooney 11 Daniel Welbeck 9 Rickie Lambert 8 The next Englishman in the scoring table is Steven Gerrard, a mid-fielder on 8 goals! SFC4EVA
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1:30pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Costa Baz says...

One thing in JRod's favour is his knack of scoring away goals. I believe he is now equal top scorer for away goals, in the Premier League.
IMO, JRod will have more of a chance of earning more caps, after the World Cup, when, hopefully, there will be a bit of a clear out of the old guard.
Hope I'm wrong.
One thing in JRod's favour is his knack of scoring away goals. I believe he is now equal top scorer for away goals, in the Premier League. IMO, JRod will have more of a chance of earning more caps, after the World Cup, when, hopefully, there will be a bit of a clear out of the old guard. Hope I'm wrong. Costa Baz
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1:33pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Costa Baz says...

SFC4EVA wrote:
5 highest scoring English strikers in the Premier League this season

Daniel Sturridge 18
Jay Rodriguez 11
Wayne Rooney 11
Daniel Welbeck 9
Rickie Lambert 8

The next Englishman in the scoring table is Steven Gerrard, a mid-fielder on 8 goals!
When you read the stick given to Welbeck, and consider how often he doesn't play for a misfiring Man Utd team, 9 goals ain't bad.
I'd have him in our squad any day.
[quote][p][bold]SFC4EVA[/bold] wrote: 5 highest scoring English strikers in the Premier League this season Daniel Sturridge 18 Jay Rodriguez 11 Wayne Rooney 11 Daniel Welbeck 9 Rickie Lambert 8 The next Englishman in the scoring table is Steven Gerrard, a mid-fielder on 8 goals![/p][/quote]When you read the stick given to Welbeck, and consider how often he doesn't play for a misfiring Man Utd team, 9 goals ain't bad. I'd have him in our squad any day. Costa Baz
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2:27pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Shrewdsaint says...

Costa Baz wrote:
SFC4EVA wrote:
5 highest scoring English strikers in the Premier League this season

Daniel Sturridge 18
Jay Rodriguez 11
Wayne Rooney 11
Daniel Welbeck 9
Rickie Lambert 8

The next Englishman in the scoring table is Steven Gerrard, a mid-fielder on 8 goals!
When you read the stick given to Welbeck, and consider how often he doesn't play for a misfiring Man Utd team, 9 goals ain't bad.
I'd have him in our squad any day.
I agree about Welbeck, plays better for England than Man U and played well with Rickie for England. Just had a look at the Prem Fantasy and JRod has 11 goals, 3 assists while Rickie has 8 goals, 7 assists. It has to be 4 from those 5 of the plane.
[quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SFC4EVA[/bold] wrote: 5 highest scoring English strikers in the Premier League this season Daniel Sturridge 18 Jay Rodriguez 11 Wayne Rooney 11 Daniel Welbeck 9 Rickie Lambert 8 The next Englishman in the scoring table is Steven Gerrard, a mid-fielder on 8 goals![/p][/quote]When you read the stick given to Welbeck, and consider how often he doesn't play for a misfiring Man Utd team, 9 goals ain't bad. I'd have him in our squad any day.[/p][/quote]I agree about Welbeck, plays better for England than Man U and played well with Rickie for England. Just had a look at the Prem Fantasy and JRod has 11 goals, 3 assists while Rickie has 8 goals, 7 assists. It has to be 4 from those 5 of the plane. Shrewdsaint
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5:09pm Mon 10 Mar 14

warrens 76 says...

Clemster wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
The fact that Woy didn't play him would indicate either that he doesn't need to know any more about him or he doesn't really rate him, everyone has a different slant on things. I just think that the only way he will be going to Brazil, is if he continues to bang goals in for us, he must make it a choice that has to be made.
Is there any need to take Mickey out of Hodgson?
Not weally.
[quote][p][bold]Clemster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: The fact that Woy didn't play him would indicate either that he doesn't need to know any more about him or he doesn't really rate him, everyone has a different slant on things. I just think that the only way he will be going to Brazil, is if he continues to bang goals in for us, he must make it a choice that has to be made.[/p][/quote]Is there any need to take Mickey out of Hodgson?[/p][/quote]Not weally. warrens 76
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5:38pm Mon 10 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

warrens 76 wrote:
Clemster wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
The fact that Woy didn't play him would indicate either that he doesn't need to know any more about him or he doesn't really rate him, everyone has a different slant on things. I just think that the only way he will be going to Brazil, is if he continues to bang goals in for us, he must make it a choice that has to be made.
Is there any need to take Mickey out of Hodgson?
Not weally.
Could call him Mr Roy, but then you would expect Basil Brush to say boom, boom!
[quote][p][bold]warrens 76[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Clemster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: The fact that Woy didn't play him would indicate either that he doesn't need to know any more about him or he doesn't really rate him, everyone has a different slant on things. I just think that the only way he will be going to Brazil, is if he continues to bang goals in for us, he must make it a choice that has to be made.[/p][/quote]Is there any need to take Mickey out of Hodgson?[/p][/quote]Not weally.[/p][/quote]Could call him Mr Roy, but then you would expect Basil Brush to say boom, boom! OSPREYSAINT
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8:06pm Mon 10 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

If you get the chance, watch the FFS on Sky 1 at 11 p.m. Les Reed is on there expounding our Club philosophy about bringing up young players. If nothing else it makes it clear why we brought Poch in when we did. In fact it explains a lot about why and where we are now.
If you get the chance, watch the FFS on Sky 1 at 11 p.m. Les Reed is on there expounding our Club philosophy about bringing up young players. If nothing else it makes it clear why we brought Poch in when we did. In fact it explains a lot about why and where we are now. OSPREYSAINT
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8:14pm Mon 10 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
If you get the chance, watch the FFS on Sky 1 at 11 p.m. Les Reed is on there expounding our Club philosophy about bringing up young players. If nothing else it makes it clear why we brought Poch in when we did. In fact it explains a lot about why and where we are now.
If you can't watch the show, there is an excellent precis of what was said on not606 southampton.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: If you get the chance, watch the FFS on Sky 1 at 11 p.m. Les Reed is on there expounding our Club philosophy about bringing up young players. If nothing else it makes it clear why we brought Poch in when we did. In fact it explains a lot about why and where we are now.[/p][/quote]If you can't watch the show, there is an excellent precis of what was said on not606 southampton. OSPREYSAINT
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9:06pm Mon 10 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Under 21's beat Manchester City 2 1 at the Etihad, Turnbull and Stephens got the goals.
Under 21's beat Manchester City 2 1 at the Etihad, Turnbull and Stephens got the goals. OSPREYSAINT
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5:06pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Cincinnati says...

Jay is progressing very nicely but am not sure that he is ready just yet for the World stage. He didn't impress in the first half of a recent England match when he was given his chance. That may have had something to do with the team's game plan for that match but that being said he still looked nervous and a little out of his depth. That has not been the case with Lallana and most recently Shaw.
Jay is progressing very nicely but am not sure that he is ready just yet for the World stage. He didn't impress in the first half of a recent England match when he was given his chance. That may have had something to do with the team's game plan for that match but that being said he still looked nervous and a little out of his depth. That has not been the case with Lallana and most recently Shaw. Cincinnati
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