Saints maintain Premier League pace
Earlier this week the Three Lions boss called up Saints trio Jay Rodriguez, Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana for the upcoming friendlies with Chile and Germany. Hodgson took the opportunity to heap praise on Mauricio Pochettino's side for their fine start to the campaign, which he saw continue with a 4-1 defeat of Hull at St Mary's.
The victory was Saints' fourth top-flight win in succession and their best ever start to a top- flight season, trumping the 1983-84 campaign when they finished runners-up.
The struggling Eagles created three golden chances to take the lead but Kagisho Dikgacoi, Marouane Chamakh and Jerome Thomas managed to fluff their lines. Instead managerless Palace remain rock-bottom of the Barclays Premier League.
The club did appoint a new sporting director in the shape of recently-ousted Cardiff head of recruitment Iain Moody, and plan to unveil their new boss early next week despite maintaining a decision has not yet been made. But whoever the new man is - Wales chief Chris Coleman and former Real Madrid assistant Aitor Karanka seem to be the frontrunners - they will have to somehow cure Palace's goalscoring problems.
Everton, by contrast, began the day with a chance to climb into the top four, but they have now drawn a blank in successive matches.