Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long was completely oblivious to the fact his predatory strike against Manchester City on Sunday was his 100th in English football - and is refusing to dwell on the landmark as he looks to bring his goalscoring form into this summer's Euros.

The former Reading, West Brom and Hull frontman relentlessly hounded and stretched the beleaguered City defence, snatching a goal from close range that his tireless efforts deserved. 

That strike was his 10th Premier League goal of the campaign, the first time he has reached double figures in the top-flight, but more importantly nudged him up to the ton mark since his arrival at the Madejski Stadium from Cork City 11 years ago.

"I knew nothing about it before the game,” the 29-year-old told Southampton’s official YouTube channel.

“Obviously, I knew I had nine goals, but the 100 thing I didn't know. It's a nice statistic to have. I've been around a long time I suppose. It's been very enjoyable.

“It's a nice stat to have and it's something that's nice to look back on, but I don't dwell on those sort of things. I can always look back at the end of my career and see what I've done, but it's nice. The more important thing was focusing on getting the result and we managed to do that.”

Long has a struck up a formidable partnership with Sadio Mane, who bagged a hat-trick against Manuel Pellegrini's men, and is feeling the benefits of a sustained run in Ronald Koeman's team.

"I'm enjoying it," added the Tipperary man. "I feel like I'm playing some good football at the moment and the gaffer's showing confidence in me and playing me 90 minutes every week.

“I think that is a big thing to do with it as well - when you're going into a game knowing you’re going to play and that position is yours to lose - so I'm enjoying that, I'm feeling confident on the pitch. There’s two more games to go and hopefully I can finish on a high.”