ENGLAND manager Gareth Southgate is set to snub Saints’ top performers for his next Three Lions squad.

In form Saints men Charlie Austin and Nathan Redmond may well be overlooked for the team for the World Cup qualifier against Scotland and a friendly with Spain, which both take place at Wembley next month.

England Under-21 international Redmond has been tipped for a promotion to the senior ranks after a series of impressive displays for Saints.

But he may have to be patient, with Southgate reluctant to disrupt the Young Lions heading into Euro 2017.

Austin, pictured, who has never played for England although was called up once under Roy Hodgson, has netted seven goals in eight games for Saints.

But he is also likely to go ignored by Southgate.

Jamie Vardy, the Leicester striker, has failed to score in his last 10 appearances for club and country, but despite the lack of goals Southgate is expected to stick by him and other regulars.

Saints’ Fraser Forster will likely con- tinue as back-up goalkeeper to Joe Hart, while Ryan Bertrand will also be aiming to stay involved despite injury.

“All goalscorers have periods where they are not scoring. History and records over the years shows you what they are likely to fall back into and his scoring record is phenomenal,” Southgate said about Vardy.

“I have played with Alan Shearer when he went through the same - and Andy Cole. Over a long period of time if they have a record of one in two or one in three they will come back to that.

“You have to look longer-term, especially with goalscorers. He has proven himself at every level.”

Southgate is wary about unsettling his group, along with the under-21 squad, and suggested those with the Young Lions may have to wait for a senior call-up as they prepare for Euro 2017.

St Mary’s men James Ward-Prowse, Matt Targett and Jack Stephens are also involved with the under-21s with Redmond.

“We have to think carefully about that because when you do move a player up it does change the dynamic for them,” said Southgate.

“That group are going very well as a core and starting to look forward to the Euros and I don’t want to disrupt that too much unless they are coming in to play or we think it’s absolutely the right thing.

“There are a lot of other players around who are outside of the Under-21 group who we also have to watch closely.”