With the World Cup now just five weeks away, Southampton defender Mohammed Salisu has outlined his ambitions for the tournament having made his Ghana debut last month.
In a feature interview inside Sunday’s matchday programme for the Premier League meeting with West Ham, the 23-year-old explains why there was such a long wait for his introduction to international football, and reflects on the experience of facing World Cup favourites Brazil on his first cap.
With football’s showpiece event in Qatar now looming, Salisu discusses the prospect of facing boyhood hero Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal in the group stage, as well as a grudge match against Uruguay that can be traced back to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Elsewhere, Ralph Hasenhüttl and Franny Benali bookend the publication with their traditional columns, while there is news of Saints’ participation in a number of campaigns, including No Room For Racism, Safer Gambling Week and the Planet League Cup, as the club endeavours to inspire positive change off the pitch.
There’s a nostalgic look back on previous Saints matches played on October 16th, and an in-depth account of a memorable meeting with the Hammers on the final day of the 1993/94 season, in which both sides shared six goals.
As always, to ensure there’s something for all ages, the popular Junior Members quiz gives our younger fans something to get their teeth into at half time and the chance to test their knowledge of their beloved Saints.
Supporters can pick up their Everton programme
or from one of the numerous sellers outside St Mary’s and inside the stadium concourse this weekend, enhancing your matchday experience for just £3.50.