The current England senior squad lists four players from Southampton for only the second time in the club’s history.
James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond have joined Three Lions regulars Fraser Forster and Ryan Bertrand in the squad this week, as Saints are a club with one of the highest number of representatives the national team this time around.
The previous occurrence came in 2014 when Luke Shaw, Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez were involved for a friendly game against Denmark at Wembley.
Their calls came little over ten years since the previous Southampton representative in an England squad when James Beattie was involved.
Until 2014 the most players Saints had called up by England at one time stood at three players when Peter Shilton, Mark Wright and Danny Wallace were in the team that earned a 4-0 friendly win against Egypt in 1986.
The 1980s were a particularly profitable time for England call-ups from Southampton, with Steve Williams and David Armstrong among some of the other names to receive international recognition at that time.
The trio of Lambert, Lallana and Rodriguez matched the feat of 1986 during November 2013, before Shaw’s additional inclusion some four months later saw Saints have four in the squad for the first time.
The four players involved this time around will be joined by some familiar faces, with some former Southampton players also included in Gareth Southgate’s squad. Luke Shaw, Nathaniel Clyne, Michail Antonio, Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were also called up.
That means as many as four Southampton Academy graduates could take to the field at once for England at some point in the two matches against Germany and Lithuania in the week ahead.
Indeed, England’s criteria for picking players looks like a further endorsement of the Southampton Way.