Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse recently revealed he’s hoping to emulate the likes of former Manchester United winger David Beckham, Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, and Liverpool’s long-serving skipper Steven Gerrard by leading England with the captain’s armband, reports the Express.
Ward-Prowse is currently the captain of the England U21’s, and a regular in the Southampton side this season, and he wants to become the leader for the England senior side in the future. The 20-year-old still has a long way to go, as he’s yet to be given a chance to impress for the senior side, considers former legends Gerrard, Lampard and Beckham’s as his role models to skipper England in the future.
He added that playing with the likes of Jose Fonte at Southampton has helped him massively with learning leadership skills. He’s hoping to learn as much as he can to take the role into practice himself in the future to be the captain of club and country. He’s been given his chance to skipper the U21’s as manager Gareth Southgate has pinned a lot of faith in him, and James Ward-Prowse is targeting Roy Hodgson’s side in the coming years.
“I hope (I’ll be a future England captain). I feel like I would be able to do it. All of my role models – Gerrard, Lampard and Beckham – were leaders and that’s the sort of person I like to think I am, an inspiration to others. People at Southampton have been showing me the way and I am still learning all the time about being a leader. Jose Fonte is a fantastic captain (with Southampton) and I’ve been learning from him. Hopefully he can show me the way and lead me down the right path,” he said.
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