Old video proves Ward-Prowse had England ambition at early age

Southampton have unearthed an old clip of a very young James Ward-Prowse discussing his hopes of one day making the England squad.

As a 13-year-old, the midfielder told the Saints that one of his long-term targets was to be considered for the international stage.

His dream of playing for his country could be realised next week after he was named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for an upcoming friendly with Germany and World Cup qualifier against Lithuania.

Ward-Prowse has been part of the England Under-21 setup since 2013, but at the age of 22 he has now made the step up to senior level.

Over the last couple of seasons, the midfielder has been transforming into an important first-team member.

In the current campaign under manager Claude Puel, he has started 12 Premier League games and has come on as a substitute in a further eight.

The midfielder has contributed with two league goals and four assists so far this season.

As well as Ward-Prowse, Southampton’s Nathan Redmond, Ryan Bertrand and Fraser Forster were included in the England squad.