Twitter Reacts to Jay Rodriguez's Performance from Tottenham vs. Southampton

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23:  Jay Rodriguez of Southampton turns away after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton at White Hart Lane on March 23, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Jay Rodriguez bagged the first goal as Tottenham downed Southampton 3-2 by a last-minute winner from Gylfi Sigurdsson at White Hart Lane on Sunday.   

A silky finish for the Englishman illustrated the striker's abilities perfectly in front of the watching England manager Roy Hodgson as the 24-year-old looks to claim a World Cup spot for this summer. 

Reporter Ian Abrahams noted:

Certainly Football MAD felt that the smartly taken goal in the 19th minute will have put him on the plane to Brazil:

As Samuel mentions, it was his 13th league goal of the season, putting him in decent company as far as English strikers go:

And as Squawka points out, the stats are working in his favour:

It looks as though Rodriguez is playing himself into terrific form just in time for the summer, per

The former Burnley man is not the only Southampton star looking for a World Cup place, however.

The likes of Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Luke Shaw were also looking to impress. And they did so according to football writer Tom McDermott:

Rodriguez's goal put the Saints 1-0 up against Spurs, and Matthew Stanger highlighted his impressive abilities in front of goal:

It was also noted that the assist came from a slightly strange source, per the Premier League:

And Jacqui Oatley saw the forward's passion even before the game had kicked off:

He was taken off in the 64th minute with a knock having done a terrific job leading the line, as he has done all season.

BetVictor pointed out that the substitution was a bonus for the opposing team:

If Rodriguez can continue to show the kind of quality he did against Tottenham, it will surely be difficult not to put him in the England squad for this summer's showpiece event.  

Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney are likely nailed on for a spot in the squad but that leaves two or three places up for grabs. The likes of Danny Welbeck and Andy Carroll, as well as team-mate Lambert, will be competing for those last spots.

But there are many who see Rodriguez as the best option, including Stephen Smith and Chris Anderson:

He has certainly staked a strong claim for the squad and will be very much in Hodgson's mind when the decision needs to be made.