Jay Rodriguez has earned himself a World Cup place but will Roy reward him?

Jay Rodriguez

The Southampton striker has enjoyed a terrific season and deserves a place on the flight to Rio in June, but will Roy Hodgson overlook him?

Jay Rodriguez is now the second-highest English goalscorer in the Premier League, with only Daniel Sturridge scoring more times than the Saints forward.

The 24-year-old has netted more times than Wayne Rooney this season, and seems to be improving every week.

Rodriguez joined Southampton from Burnley in 2012 for £7m and has quickly established himself as an indispensable member of an exciting Saints squad.

Rodriguez has yet to miss a game for Mauricio Pochettino this campaign, playing in all 36 of Southampton’s league and domestic cup games.

Only Rodriguez and Adam Lallana have played in all 30 of Southampton’s Premier League fixtures this season, and both deserve to be on the flight to Brazil in June.

He has scored 14 times in all competitions, with 12 of those coming in the Premier League, and has now netted two in his last two appearances.

The former Burnley man has created 18 chances for his teammates in the league and has three assists for the season in addition to his remarkable goal tally.

With his form only improving, he will surely be a prominent figure in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup plans, but the England manager ignored Rodriguez in the recent friendly with Denmark.

The Saints forward was an unused substitute and this suggests that Rodriguez is unlikely to make the 23-man squad, but with his performances continuing to impress, he will still hope to force his way into the team.

He made his England debut in the friendly against Chile in November, starting that game before being replaced by Andros Townsend, who is one of those who seems to be ahead of Rodriguez in Hodgson’s plans.

Rodriguez would give England something different, as he usually plays just off of the striker rather than as an out-and-out winger.

His pace and eye for goal makes him an extremely dangerous prospect on the counter-attack, and it would appear this is the approach England will have to take.

Southampton could have as many as four players representing England in Brazil, with Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez all hoping for a place in Roy Hodgson’s squad.

It is still to be seen whether he will make the World Cup squad but Jay Rodriguez certainly deserves a place in the team after an incredible season at Southampton continues to go from strength to strength.

Does Jay Rodriguez deserve a place in England’s World Cup squad?

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