Adam Lallana's stock only ever seems to rise, and that continued at White Hart Lane.
The England midfielder is looking to break into Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad, and he did his hopes no harm despite Southampton's 3-2 defeat against Tottenham on Sunday.
His goal, profiting from some neat footwork from fellow Englishman Rickie Lambert, made it two to the Saints after just half an hour:
Jay Rodriguez opened the scoring for the visitors, before a goal on each side of half-time from Christian Eriksen.
Gylfi Sigurdsson netted a late winner for Spurs, but Lallana easily proved to be his side's best performer on a frantic afternoon.
However, there was little gloss taken off Lallana's fine performance against the fifth-placed side to further boost his international chances.
It was the the No. 20's eighth goal of the season, according to WhoScored.com.
BT Sport commentator Ian Darke tweeted of his belief that Lallana should be on the plane to Brazil:
That sentiment was soon followed by Sky Sports football writer Tom McDermott, who believes that Lallana may not be the only Saint off to the World Cup:
The manner in which he conducted himself throughout the match was first-class, with slick skills to unpick Spurs' back four.
His passion for victory was also on show, as he made a number of breaks from the half-way line and looked to pull the strings from counter-attacking play.
Lallana continued his good work in the second half, providing Saints with yet more industry from midfield.
With talk of his international involvement rife, betting company Coral tweeted odds of the player's World Cup chances:
Lallana could yet see his chances of starting in Brazil curtailed by the excellent form of team-mate Rodriguez.
As tweeted by OptaJoe, Mauricio Pochettino's side have heavily relied on their English contingent:
Speaking of his chances of making Hodgson's squad, Lallana stated that he remains hopeful of earning his place on the plane, according to Sky Sports:
When I've played for England and trained with them it's great. You get that taste for what it's like playing with the world's best players and on the best stage in the world. I've enjoyed every moment of it and I want to keep progressing and hopefully get as many more caps as possible.
Of course I'd love to go to the World Cup, but I just want to make sure I keep my feet on the ground and keep working hard and hopefully that formula will make me get into the final squad.
The 25-year-old will have plenty of time to stake his claim for a place in Brazil, despite defeat in North London.
Southampton host Newcastle next time out before a trip to title hopefuls Manchester City.
The side then see matches against Cardiff and Aston Villa, as well as a fixture against Europa League-chasing Everton.
The Saints harboured their own hopes of qualifying for European competition this season, with Lallana targeting future Champions League appearances, per Sky Sports. Chances look slim of Europa League football next season, though, given Everton's nine-point lead and two games in hand over Pochettino's outfit.
The season then winds down with fixtures at Swansea and against Manchester United.
Lallana will have to continue his good form if he is to break into the side, and also help the Saints move further up the table.
He will also have to hope that Lambert and Rodriguez can keep up their own good work, providing the perfect foil for Lallana to showcase his talents.
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