Ward-Prowse wishes his free-kick was the winner

Tuesday 27 May 2014
Ward-Prowse celebrates his goal against Brazil with Nathaniel Chalobah
James Ward-Prowse added another eye-catching free-kick to his growing collection on Monday evening, but could not prevent England U20s from slipping to a 2-1 defeat against Brazil.

The Southampton midfielder has scored from similar situations against Lithuania and San Marino for the Under-21s this season, but saved his best till last against the Brazilians.

England observe the national anthem ahead of their game with Brazil.

The England team line-up against Brazil


But the 19-year-old just wishes his strike could have turned out to be the winning goal, after seeing the Three Lions fall two goals behind earlier in the game.

"It was nice to get the goal and it is a bit of a rarity for me to score, so it was good," admitted a modest Ward-Prowse, after England’s second match of the Toulon Tournament.

"But the main focus for me and the team was to go out and win the game. 

"It was a personal highlight to score but we wanted to win so we had a chance of winning the tournament. 

"All the lads are disappointed because they were goals we should have avoided. 

"If that had been the case, the free-kick would have won us the game."

It was undoubtedly the toughest match which Gareth Southgate’s side have encountered so far in a season which has mainly pitted them against defensively-minded nations in Euro qualifying.

And despite the defeat in St. Raphael, Ward-Prowse felt there were plenty of positives to take out of the game ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Korea Republic as England continue to chase a place in Sunday's Final or third-place play-off.

"We played better football than Brazil and our overall performance was a lot better," he added.

"We showed a lot of progression and determination to win the match but it was unfortunate we conceded the goals the way we did."

By Nicholas Veevers Content Manager - FA Owned Channels in Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, France