Ward-Prowse looking forward to England duty

By SFC Media Mon 20 Mar James Ward-Prowse
Photo by Matt Watson | James Ward-Prowse

James Ward-Prowse says he’ll look to make the most of his first experience of playing in the England senior squad over the next week or so.

The Southampton academy graduate and England Under-21 captain will be part of Gareth Southgate’s international squad for the games against Germany and Lithuania in forthcoming days alongside three other teammates from Saints.

Ward-Prowse served a reminder of his talents with a goal in Southampton’s 2-1 defeat at Tottenham before linking up with the Three Lions, something that capped a good week for the youngster.

“It topped off what’s been a good week for me personally, but it would have been nice to be going away with three points and a victory,” he said before previewing the trip to Germany with England on Wednesday.

“This is what it’s all about as a young player,” he explained.

“Getting the chance to play for England is something that I’m very lucky and privileged to do so I just want to go away and make the most of the opportunity, and enjoy the experience.

“There’s quite a few lads in there that I know already, so that will make the process a lot easier and it should be an enjoyable week.”

Following the friendly match in Dortmund, England play Lithuania at Wembley in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier, before Ward-Prowse heads back to St Mary’s for the Premier League game against AFC Bournemouth on 1st April.

“It will be the first time there since the cup final, so it will be nice to get back on the St Mary’s pitch,” he said. “And we want to make use of the home advantage as well.”

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