U21s Player of 2014 contender: James Ward-Prowse

Tuesday 02 Dec 2014
James Ward-Prowse in action against Lithuania in his last game of 2014

Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse has been one of the mainstays of the England Under-21s side which cruised through their Euro Qualifiers.

His infectious character off the pitch coupled with a creative and combative style of play ensured he was one of the first names on Gareth Southgate’s teamsheet and the vice-captain behind Jack Butland.

James Ward-Prowse

Club: Southampton
DOB: 01/11/95
Caps in 2014: 3
Total Caps: 9
Total Goals: 2

With his set-pieces proving a regular source for goals and his passing ability fitting England’s style perfectly, the 19-year-old managed three appearances for the Under-21s in 2014.

A suspension kept him out of the win in Moldova, before an unfortunate foot injury suffered during a game for Southampton ruled him out of the play-off victory over Croatia and final matches of the year with Portugal and France.

But he did form a crucial part of Southgate’s squad for the trip to the Toulon Tournament in May, where he scored a memorable free-kick against Brazil before being named in the top three players of the tournament.

Ward-Prowse’s commitment to the cause and popularity in the squad saw him join up with the players for two days in November, when he continued his recovery from injury at St. George’s Park.

And with a predicted return to action scheduled for early 2015, he will be hoping to bounce straight back into Southgate’s set-up.

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By Nicholas Veevers Content Manager - FA Owned Channels