Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster admits his priority is to be successful at St Mary’s and any progress with England will be as a result of his performances for Ronald Koeman’s team.
The £10m signing from Celtic is a regular in Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions squads, and is today expected to be named in the group for next Wednesday’s friendly against Norway and the opening Euro 2016 qualifier, in Switzerland, on September 8.
He is not the only Saints player with aspirations of being called-up, though.
Nathaniel Clyne was thought to be close to earning a place on the standby list for this summer’s World Cup and he will be hoping his strong start to the season will now result in recognition for the senior side.
Forster, a towering 6ft 7in stopper who has two international caps, was part of the squad that Hodgson took to Brazil, and there are suggestions he could push Joe Hart for the number-one jersey.
Saints boss Ronald Koeman has already said he is capable of fulfilling the role, following an impressive start to the campaign.
In three competitive appearances for the club, the 26-year-old has kept two clean sheets, most recently in the Capital One Cup victory against Millwall and the goalless draw with West Brom on Saturday.
When asked if he felt playing in the Premier League would help his England credentials, after moving from the Scottish top flight, he said: “Yes, I’ve only played two games in the Premier League and that’s a fantastic thing to be a part of.
“So it’s important that I work as hard I can with Dave (goalkeeper coach Dave Watson), keep working hard under him and trying to progress as a goalkeeper.
“It comes down to playing well for Southampton first and foremost.
“That’s what it’s all about and if I’m doing that then we’ll just have to see [what happens with England].
“But it’s all about trying to work hard and improving.”
Forster’s move to St Mary’s has seen him link-up with England goalkeeping coach Watson, who is employed in that capacity under Koeman.
His presence was a big draw for the former Newcastle stopper.
“I know Dave from England and know how good he is,” he said. “The opportunity to work with him day in day out was something that I really wanted to do.
“That was a big draw and you don’t get the opportunity to play for someone like Ronald Koeman every day either.
“The club is full of fantastic people, the chairman, the owner; everyone.
“We’ve got a fantastic changing room.
“It’s been brilliant working under Koeman. Learning from a guy like that is what it’s all about. He’s been really good for everyone.”