We can perform at the top, says Ward-Prowse

By SFC Media Tue 31 Mar First team

After netting the winner against Germany on Monday night, James Ward-Prowse says England Under-21s’ victory shows they can compete with the best.

The 20 year-old, who captained his country against Horst Hrubesch’s side, slotted home in the 82nd minute to complete the turnaround at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium.

Gareth Southgate’s youngsters had been 2-1 down until Nathan Redmond’s deflected drive restored parity and Saints midfielder Ward-Prowse won it late on.

After picking up his 15th cap, and fourth goal, for his country, Ward-Prowse told FATV the 3-2 victory showed the Young Lions are in good shape ahead of this summer’s European Championships.

“It’s great to obviously get the winner, and a win over Germany is fantastic for the group of lads,” he said.

“We’ve shown over the last months that we can perform at the top level and not only beat a team, but we can beat them playing well, and that’s a big thing that the manager’s trying to get across.

“I think everybody’s sharing the same vision, the same goal, of where we want to be in the summer.”

Southgate has a number of options available to him ahead of the tournament in the Czech Republic in June, with some senior England internationals still eligible to feature for the Under-21s.

Skipper Ward-Prowse reckons it’s up to the players themselves to stay fit and force their way into contention for starting berths with strong performances during the remainder of the season.

“I think if you look all over the squad there’s great competition for places. I don’t think the manager knows his best eleven yet, I think there’s a lot of players that can come into it,” he said.

“I think the players have just got to go away now, be professional and play well for their clubs, and the main thing is obviously to stay fit come the summer.”

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