James Ward-Prowse is integral to Hasenhüttl's Southampton according to Saints legend

Friday, February 7th, 2020 12:16pm

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Former Saints player Jason Dodd has claimed that James Ward Prowse is more than his set-pieces and should be in the England team

James Ward-Prowse has been at the beating heart of Southampton's squad for a number of years now. 

Coming through the club's youth system, Ward-Prowse made his Saints debut in the EFL cup in October 2011 and then made his Premier League debut in the club's 3-2 loss to Man City in September 2012.

Nearly eight years later, the Englishman is the heart and soul of Ralph Hasenhüttl's team. 

Notching up an impressive 218 league appearances, with 21 goals and 23 assists to go with them, the 25-year-old has only had one England cap. His sole senior cap came in March 2017 away to Germany in Dortmund. 

With the Euros beckoning, Southampton legend Jason Dodds believes the midfielder does indeed deserve another go in the national set-up under Gareth Southgate's tutelage.

Speaking to the Southampton Fans Show, Dodds stated: "Oh without a shadow of a doubt. Gareth knows him really well. He knows what he has done. He's gone up through the systems and obviously Gareth knows, being around the U-21S, what James can bring. 

"He was a model professional at 16! He knew what he wanted, every training session for James was 'I need to get something out of this session'. There were no sessions were he just went through the motions and finished it and went home. 

"He would be one of the first out on the training ground and one of the last to leave."

On whether the vice-captain is just a specialist free-kick taker, Dodds refuted such claims and argued the Englishman is a lot more than that. 

"It's a little bit sad that we do just focus on that [his set-pieces]. His all-round game has come into play. That's what has got him selected into the England squads previously.

"That's what got him playing in every single minute in the Premier League this season. Ralph knows what he gets with him.

"James can play three of four different positions. So even though a manager might looking to change a formation, he makes sure James is in that formation. The other day he played right-back!

"He's adaptable, he's a quick-learner so he wants to play every minute. If it means for the sake of the team he has to play a different position that what he does. 

"From a manager's point of view these are the dream players you want in your squad."

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