Start your week by catching up on the latest at Southampton Football Club, with our Monday briefing...
Mixed fortunes in international action
It has been a busy few days on the international scene for a number of Southampton players, with a varying degree of fortune.
Mohamed Elyounoussi started both games for Norway over the break, as they beat Cyprus and lost to Bulgaria in Nations League action.
In the same competition, Steven Davis captained Northern Ireland, as they lost 2-1 at home to Bosnia & Herzegovina on Saturday, while Jan Bednarek played the full game for Poland in their 1-1 draw away to Italy on Friday.
Mario Lemina started for Gabon at the weekend, as they drew 1-1 with Burundi in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying, and there was a heavy defeat for Stuart Armstrong, who started Scotland’s 4-0 friendly loss at home to Belgium on Friday.
Jannik Vestergaard was an unused sub in Denmark’s 2-0 home win over Wales in the Nations League on Sunday, with Alex McCarthy, Cédric and Angus Gunn having also watched on without featuring in recent days.
More internationals ahead
The action continues over the next 48 hours for Southampton’s players.
Tonight, Cédric and Stuart Armstrong face Nations League games, as Portugal host Italy and Scotland welcome Albania, while Jake Vokins travels with England Under-19s to Belgium for a friendly.
Tomorrow sees Angus Gunn visit Latvia with England Under-21s for a EURO 2019 qualifier, while there is also a host of friendlies, with Alex McCarthy and England hosting Switzerland, Steven Davis and Northern Ireland at home to Israel, Jan Bednarek's Poland welcoming Republic of Ireland and Mario Lemina in action for Gabon against Zambia.
Away kit on sale
Southampton’s new Under Armour away strip went on sale on Friday, with the yellow-and-blue kit available both in store and online.
Taking inspiration from the past – with the same colours as Saints wore in their 1976 FA Cup final triumph – it has already proved popular.
A limited number of free £5 gift cards from Virgin Media remain, for supporters who buy the new away shirt, while Season Ticket holders and Official Members also benefit ten per cent and five per cent discounts respectively.
City date subject to change
Saints could get a new date for their visit to champions Manchester City.
Mark Hughes’s team are due to visit Etihad Stadium on Saturday 3rd November, but the game would be moved to the Sunday if City beat Oxford United in the third round of the Carabao Cup this month.
That is because Pep Guardiola’s team visit Tottenham in the Premier League on Monday 28th October, meaning any cup clash that week would need to be held on Thursday 1st November, which would, in turn, push that weekend's league fixture back a day. Ticket information for the trip to Manchester City is yet to be announced.
Under-23s return to action this week
Radhi Jaïdi’s team will look to continue their superb start to the season when they visit their Newcastle United counterparts in Premier League 2 on Friday night.
Saints’ youngsters have won four and drawn two in their opening six games, with their most recent outing seeing them win 2-0 at Colchester United in the Checkatrade Trophy.
Under-18s also back to work
After the weekend’s break at all levels, the Under-18s are also beginning preparations this week for a return to action.
The youngsters have a tough test on the horizon, as they visit Arsenal in the Under-18 Premier League on Saturday morning.