Go on my Sson! That's the battlecry to Saints' English players ahead of tomorrow's game at Newcastle where they get their first chance to impress the new England boss.

Sven Goran Eriksson will be at St James' Park for the televised clash to get a first glimpse of both sides.

Dean Richards, Wayne Bridge, Matthew Oakley and James Beattie will all be looking to impress the Swede who has already had his card marked by Saints boss Glenn Hoddle.

The former England coach said: "I bumped into him at Highbury this week. We had a little chat and I mentioned Deano and Bridgey so he knows about them.

"Tomorrow will be a chance for them and others to hit him in the eye, not necessarily for his first squad but maybe for later.

"It might be a bit soon now but if they turn in a good display they can get stored away in the memory banks for the future."

Richards though insists that the presence of the new England boss will not alter his approach as Saints seek to avenge last season's 5-0 drubbing.

He said: "I will just play my normal game. I feel I have been playing well lately and I will just try to maintain that.

"The fact that Sven is there won't play on my mind at all because an England call is not something I have ever thought about. If it comes, it will be a bonus but it is not something I expect.

"I have read that he already knows most of his first squad but if I do well tomorrow then maybe he will keep me in mind for the future.

"The main thing though is to make sure we get a decent result up there. I'm sure we will do better than last season."

Richards is desperate to wipe out the memory of their last visit almost exactly a year ago and also live on Sky. Then they were two down inside three minutes and three behind after 12.

He added: "We were torn apart that day. When we let in seven at Spurs we actually played quite well, certainly for the first half hour.

"But Newcastle were going through a purple patch, we had a few injuries and they just ripped into us. They were out of the blocks so fast and we were caught cold.

Saints still have injury concerns. The biggest doubt is Kevin Davies who turned an ankle in the midweek win over Leicester.

Dan Petrescu expects to shake off a thigh while Claus Lundekvam is 50-50 with a contracting hamstring.