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James Ward Prowse makes England return prior to game against Poland

James Ward Prowse makes England return prior to game against Poland
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James Ward-Prowse will not be available in the England lineup as they take on Poland on April 1st, 2021. Fortunately for England, the midfielder does not seem to be suffering from any injuries.

James Ward-Prowse has been on point for the three lions during the international break. His contributions have helped them win the last two games they played in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers. Ward-Prowse’s absence will be a temporary blow to the Three Lions as he made a strong partnership with Liverpool’s Kalvin Phillips.

However, his record for the national side is not impressive yet, as he has made his debut for the Three Lions on March 22nd, 2021. Though he has played in England for a while, he took some time to convince the England boss to give him a chance. Thus, the twenty-six-year-old midfielder’s performance is in testament to his form at club level with Southampton FC. Despite being a defensive midfielder, he has recorded seven goals and five assists in twenty-nine EPL appearances this season.

James Ward-Prowse of England (Photo by Eddie Keogh - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

James Ward-Prowse of England (Photo by Eddie Keogh – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

Though Ward-Prowse has accumulated such a record, Southampton as a club is yet to find the stride in the Premier League this season. In light of his performance, the captaincy was bestowed upon him by manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.

Prowsey can save Southampton from relegation

Southampton finds themselves seven-point away from the relegation battle. This would be enough for them to be safe, if not for their continuous run of defeats in the last five games (four loses and one win). Despite their losses, their skipper has scored two goals in the previous five defeats, which is evidence of his can-do attitude in the face of adversity.

Prowsey has always been a player that the Saints could count on ever since he graduated from their academy in October 2011. In the 2014-15 season, he recorded one goal and seven assists in twenty-five appearances. Thus safely guiding the Saints from the 14th position to the 7th position on the points table. He repeated the same tactic (2 goals and 4 assists in 33apps) and boosted his team to the sixth position (2015-16) on the table.

Ward-Prowse recorded a further nineteen goals and ten assists in a hundred and fifty-three games since then. By doing this, he kept his team in the middle of the table for the next five years.

The astonishing fact is that the Saints only finished in a position below 12th twice after Ward-Prowse joined the Saints. Southampton had made the mistake of recruiting Mark Hughes, and his tactics almost resulted in the saints being relegated. Ward-Prowse, along with a few other players, made a charge and kept their team in the Premier League.

Thus his captaincy can save the saints from relegation and keep them in the Premier League. Though for them to remain there depends on how much the saints invest in the market to give Ward-Prowse stronger teammates. Whatever said and done, Ralph Hasenhuttl has shown his appreciation for the Saints skipper and let him know how much his teammate needs him.

James Ward-Prowse has impressed Saints coach Hasenhuttl with his captaincy

Ralph Hasenhuttl (R) consoles Southampton's James Ward-Prowse (L) (Photo by NAOMI BAKER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Ralph Hasenhuttl (R) consoles Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse (L) (Photo by NAOMI BAKER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Prowsey has the blessings of the Austrian manager as he tries to push his team away from dropping into the relegation zone. Ralph has sided with the skipper and will look to build his team around the twenty-six-year-old English midfield enforcer.

Therefore, the future of the Saints team is safely in the hands of the Englishman, and Hasenhuttl has no worries or qualms of any kind.

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