James Ward-Prowse has admitted he is full of confidence heading into Saturday’s clash with West Bromwich Albion.
The 22-year-old netted his second goal in three games against Crystal Palace, and believes it’s no coincidence his scoring form has coincided with a solid run in the starting eleven.
“It’s a great feeling to score any goal,” he started.
“But to seal the win and make sure Palace couldn’t come back into the game was a great feeling, and it has pushed us up the league nicely.
“I think the goals have come with the confidence. Any player strives with a run in the team, confidence from the manager and match fitness as well.”
As well as being in fine form for Saints, Ward-Prowse also made his senior England bow earlier in the month against Germany.
And the Academy graduate is now relishing the extra pressure that comes with being considered an England player.
“It has certainly felt like an important period for me,” he continued.
“With the England call-up as well there is always that added pressure that you will all of a sudden become an England player and you need to maintain that level.
“I want to stay in the senior squad and make sure that my performances for Southampton can keep me there. That’s an added pressure, but it’s a pressure that I thrive off.”