Mauricio Pochettino believes Luke Shaw has shown Roy Hodgson that he has the quality to deliver in international football.
The Saints boss was delighted with the showing of his teenage left back as Shaw made his England debut in the midweek friendly over Denmark.
Though Pochettino was offering no advice for Hodgson on whether to pick Ashley Cole or Shaw, he did say any questions over how the youngster would handle the step up have now been answered.
He said: “I think Roy Hodgson has a very big problem on his hands.
“I don’t know what is going through Roy’s mind at the moment regarding Luke Shaw but in light of the 45 minutes he played he showed he deserves to be in the team and has the quality to be in the team.”
Pochettino felt that Shaw’s performance was a great moment for the club, as well as the player and his family.
“I thought it was an amazing moment for him, for Southampton Football Club in general and especially all the managers and directors he’s had in the academy,” he said.
“To see a child from ten-years-old to making his international debut has to be a moment of great satisfaction and of great pride.”
Pochettino did though warn of the dangers that can affect club sides after an international break.
“It’s a very important moment for them and for us that they are playing in the English national side but it can have a positive and a negative influence so we need to balance the two of them,” he explained.
“It’s a new experience for them to be getting called up to the English national side and it’s a really good moment for them “We need to keep our feet on the ground and stay balanced in light of their recent call-ups.”