Mauricio Pochettino has been appointed Tottenham Hotspur’s manager on a five-year contract after resigning at Southampton and Spurs are now seeking to reunite the Argentinian with his former captain, Adam Lallana, at White Hart Lane.

Aside from Lallana, Luke Shaw is the subject of strong interest from Manchester United and Chelsea, while Liverpool have inquired about Dejan Lovren and Arsenal have been strongly linked with the French holding midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin.

Saints' Jay Rodriguez has been lifted by the kind words of his international team-mates, those who would be going to Brazil without him, including Manchester City’s goalkeeper. “Joe Hart came in after the game and said a few nice things,” Rodriguez, still in a knee support, said. “Wayne Rooney texted me, which was really good, and Theo Walcott texted because he’s going through the same process.” Ex-Saint Walcott had ruptured the same ligament in his left knee three months previously.