Southampton World Cup portfolio: Croatian defender in, England hopeful to miss out

Luke Shaw and Southampton players

With 93 days left to Brazil, we take a look at which Southampton players can expect to be busy this summer and those who should start planning a family vacation.

Southampton are likely to be well represented in Brazil, their league form has certainly gone a long way to ensuring a few more names on the will be list of departures to the World Cup this summer.

The performances from a number of highly-talented English Saints have made their selection for the team in Brazil the emphasis for Southampton supporters' interest, as they want to know who will and won't make the cut for Hodgson's side.

Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana have the best chance of making the plane to Brazil, and truth be told, their place looks all but confirmed. Unless there is drastic loss of form, or injuries occur then I believe these will make the England squad.

I also believe the call-up for left-back Luke Shaw is likely to happen and the buzz surrounding the youngster's assured debut and to drop him now would incur a backlash from supporters.

Unfortunately, I believe Jay Rodriguez will miss-out from the final squad and there will be no late call-up for Nathaniel Clyne either.

Away from England there are likely to be call-ups for: Croatian defender Dejan Lovren, Japanese defender Maya Yoshida and Uruguayan midfielder Gaston Ramirez. And even €15m flop Dani Osvaldo will expect to earn a place in the Italian national side.

Yoshida is the highest capped player out of the World Cup hopefuls with an impressive 35, Ramirez has 26 caps, Lovren 23 and Osvaldo has 12, six of which came in 2013.

In summary, the number of representatives at the World Cup from Southampton is likely to be impressive in comparison with rival clubs. That is purely down to the hard-work and coaching done by the club, especially with regard to the players likely to represent England in the summer.

And with five players from our predicted Saints representatives all playing in the same group, it certainly will make for an interesting 10 initial days for supporters.

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