Southampton homegrown XI: Champions League winner, Liverpool talisman and Arsenal trio feature

General view inside the stadium before the match - St Mary's Southampton

Southampton have produced a number of sensational players, but is this the best XI compiled of their homegrown talent?

General view inside the stadium before the match - St Mary's Southampton

Southampton have developed a reputation for being one of the best in the Premier League when it comes to producing homegrown talent over the last couple of decades in particular.

With that in mind, here is a look at perhaps the strongest XI made up of those who have come through the ranks at the Dell and St Mary's...

GK: Simon Moore

Simon Moore never made a first-team appearance for the Saints before dropping into the non-league game. He is now a part of the Sheffield United side that is closing in on promotion to the Championship.

DF: Calum Chambers

Calum Chambers made 22 league appearances for Southampton before earning a move to Arsenal. He is now on loan at Middlesbrough.

DF: Chris Baird

After 68 league games, Baird left the south coast in 2007. He has since played a number of clubs, most notably Fulham, for whom he played in a Europa League final. He played in the 2003 FA Cup final for the Saints.

DF: Luke Shaw

Manchester United's Luke Shaw in action with Leicester City's Riyad MahrezLuke Shaw

Luke Shaw seemed to be the successor for Ashley Cole in the England national team when he burst onto the scene with Southampton. Injuries have plagued his time with Manchester United however.

MF: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was arguably the brightest prospect during the Saints' days in League One. He has since moved on to Arsenal, where he has only threatened to hold down a regular first-team place.

MF: James Ward Prowse

The first current academy graduate in this list is James Ward Prowse. The set-piece specialist has been a key member of Claude Puel's squad. He put in a brilliant display in their recent League Cup final defeat.

MF: Andrew Surman

Andrew Surman's emergence was one of the few bright points during a time when Southampton seemed to be on the verge of financial implosion on their way to the third tier. He is now playing at the highest level with Bournemouth.

MF: Adam Lallana

Southampton's Adam LallanaAdam Lallana

Adam Lallana is one of the Premier League's best players at the moment after learning his craft in the top three divisions with Southampton. His move to Liverpool has meant that he may not be remembered as fondly as some, but there is no denying that he was a brilliant player during their dramatic ascent. 

FW: Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott set the record for being Southampton's youngest ever player when he emerged in 2005, but was soon off to Arsenal. His time at the Emirates has certainly been up and down.

FW: Sam Gallagher

The other current academy graduate still attached to the Saints is Sam Gallagher. The forward is currently on loan at Blackburn, where he has arguably been a revelation, so perhaps he will be putting pressure on Manolo Gabbiadini next season.

FW: Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale looked to be a future Premier League star when he was with the Saints, but few would have quite expected him to become one of the world's best. After joining Tottenham, he moved to Real Madrid for a world record fee and now boasts Champions League medals. 

Gareth Bale - Southampton celebrates scoring first goalGareth Bale

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