Adam Lallana says Saturday’s win over Hull shows the squad did not allow their focus to waver, despite a couple of positive distractions in the lead-up to the match.
On Thursday, Lallana – along with teammates Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez – was named in the latest England squad, while James Ward-Prowse and Luke Shaw were called up by the Under-21s.
The following day, Mauricio Pochettino collected the October Barclays Manager of the Month award in recognition of the squad’s good recent form.
But Lallana insists he and his teammates were not allowed to think of anything but Saturday’s game – and the skipper feels that approach paid dividends.
“The manager made sure that we were mentally-right and that we were all fully-focused on Hull,” Adam told Saints Player after the game. “With the first-half display, you can tell that we really took that on board.
“We were focused on playing, pressing, taking the game to Hull and creating chances.
“[Thursday] was a great day, not just for me but also J-Rod and Rickie, but it was business as usual.
“Southampton is the bread and butter for us all – it’s where we earn our trade.
“With how well we’ve been doing, we just wanted to keep that up. We’ve got momentum and confidence, and that shows in how well we’ve been doing.”
Lallana scored Saints’ third goal in what was their fifth consecutive home win, while fellow countryman Lambert got the second.
Roy Hodgson was in the stands at St Mary’s to see the match, leaving the playmaker encouraged that the England manager will have been able to Saints’ home-grown contingent at their best.
“It’s obviously nice for him to see us do well, but I think he knew what we are capable of before,” said Lallana.
“We’ve got so many good players that not only have great ability but are really honest players with their feet on the ground.
“That runs throughout the team, and I think that’s a massive component in why we’re doing so well.”
Lallana, Rodriguez and Lambert will head up to St George’s Park tomorrow to begin training ahead of Friday’s game against Chile, with the skipper excited to get started.
“I can’t wait,” he beamed. “It’ll be great to share it with a couple of other Saints lads, and it’ll make it that bit easier.
“Playing for your country is the pinnacle, and it’s a very proud moment for me and my family.”