James Ward-Prowse has been drafted into the England squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers after three players pulled out through injury after the weekend’s domestic fixtures.
The 24-year-old Southampton midfielder, who has scored in his last three games, comes in as a replacement for Fabian Delph and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, with defender John Stones also withdrawing after picking up a knock.
Gareth Southgate sang Ward-Prowse’s praises when the in-form Saints set-piece specialist narrowly missed out on a place when the initial squad was announced last week:
We know there are some players just on the fringes that we wouldn’t hesitate to call in, both in terms of their ability, but also in the case of a player like James Ward-Prowse and his character.
He’s absolutely the sort of character you want around the squad.
It’s also being reported that Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has pulled out of Southgate’s squad too due to a twisted ankle suffered against Bayern Munich in midweek.
Quite who is going to replace the other three knackers remains to be seen. Harry Winks and Jesse Lingard are nursing groin and hamstring injuries and the midfield pool doesn’t really extend too far beyond that. Surely James Maddison is a shoe-in?
England are due to play the Czech Republic and Montenegro at Wembley on Friday 22nd March and Monday 25th March respectively.