Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse is in contention to be named in Gareth Southgate’s next England squad, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Saints playmaker has been electric under Ralph Hasenhuttl and has smashed in two free kicks in his last two matches, against Manchester United and Southampton.
And the Mirror report that Southgate’s number two Steve Holland was in attendance for that most recent goal against Spurs.
That apparently has put him in contention for selection when England kick off their Euro 2020 qualification campaign later this month – as does the fact that Southgate knows him so well from his time in charge of the under 21 side.
Ward-Prowse has always been a set-piece specialist but under Hasenhuttl, he has evolved into a heavy-pressing, energetic Premier League midfielder.
During the summer’s World Cup, England were somewhat short on out-and-out central midfielders with the right quality, but Ward-Prowse – who has represented England so extensively at under-21 level – fits the bill.
A call-up would be nothing more than he deserves for his form of late – and Hasenhuttl also deserves credit for the level of improvement he has been able to inspire from Ward-Prowse during such a short space of time.
Southgate has persisted in giving opportunities to young players and his former age group captain may be able to get a deserved reward.