England manager Roy Hodgson has revealed that Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse is a big part in his future plans for the side, BBC Sport has reported.
The 20-year-old has been an important player for the U-21 side in recent seasons, and is set to represent them again in Hungary at the European U-21 Championships this summer. His exploits for Gareth Southgate’s side have included scoring the winner in the recent friendly victory against Germany.
Ward-Prowse has also been a much more integral player for Southampton, benefitting from the departures of a number of key players last summer. He has made 24 appearances for the Saints this term and signed a new five and-a-half year contract with the club in January.
He is a regular set-piece taker for both club and country, and despite the competition for a place in the England midfield with Tottenham’s Ryan Mason having recently been added to the setup, Hodgson will consider him following the tournament in June.
“He’ll be in our thoughts because we like him very much,’ said the 67-year-old. We’ve kept our hands off him simply because of the Under-21s, but we know he’s a big prospect,”
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