The Japanese FIFA 14 cover will feature Southampton FC's central defender Maya Yoshida, alongside VFL Wolfsburg's Makoto Hasebe and international cover star Lionel Messi, EA Sports and Southampton FC have announced.

The Saints have also announced a new year-long partnership with EA, making EA Sports the Club's Official Football Video Gaming Partner commencing from the start of the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season.

Commenting on his cover appearance, Yoshida said: "It's brilliant. I was really pleased when I heard that I would be on the cover of FIFA 14, and to be featuring alongside Messi is a great honour.

"It's not only nice for me, but also for Southampton Football Club because the game is such a huge platform, so to be among the list of global cover stars means so much to me and the Club.

"Hopefully it will encourage fans back home to pick up the controller and play as Saints!"

Southampton fans will be able to download a special FIFA 14 cover featuring three Saints stars which will be available on September 27 when FIFA 14 launches in the UK.