Southgate: Saints duo ‘deserve the opportunity’

By SFC Media Thu 16 Mar International
Photo by Reuters | Gareth Southgate

England manager Gareth Southgate says that senior squad debutants James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond have been rewarded for their work at Under-21 level.

Southgate, who worked with both Southampton men during his time as the Young Lions boss, has called Redmond and Ward-Prowse into his first selection as England manager, to give the pair a taste of what to expect.

Ward-Prowse and Redmond join fellow Saints men Fraser Forster and Ryan Bertrand in the squad, as the club has a total of four players in the senior squad for the first time since 2014.

“They are players we’ve worked with before and players who are in excellent form with their club,” Southgate said of the two debutants.

“They both performed very well in a pressured environment of a cup final with Southampton.

“I think we are aiming for those guys to go in the Under-21s Euros this summer, but also we didn’t want to hold them back – they deserve the opportunity as they’ve been performing very well in or junior age groups for a long time now.

“They’re two that we wanted to introduce to the senior environment and see how they get on.”

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