The Southampton union was split up last night as Denmark and England locked horns in their latest international performances. Jannik Vestergaard came off the bench for the Danes, who enjoyed a slim 1-0 victory over an unsteady looking Gareth Southgate side.
The Three Lions picked up a startling two red cards as Harry Maguire and Reece James were given their marching orders. Saints stars Danny Ings and James Ward-Prowse didn’t make it off the bench for England, despite the game crying out for some creative play.
However, their skills haven’t gone unnoticed and Vestergaard has lauded his south coast teammates for their influence on the club. Speaking to Goal.com, the centre-back praised Ings’ huge goal tally from last season – finishing just one goal shy of Jamie Vardy’s Golden Boot winning amount.
“I am always madly impressed by his nose for goals – he can sniff them up out of nothing,” Vestergaard said. “He is an amazing player to have in your team and a fantastic person as well.”
Indeed, the former Liverpool man has been a dream signing for Ralph Hasenhuttl. Ings bagged 22 goals in 38 Premier League appearances last season and has already burst out of the blocks this term, netting three goals in four (via Transfermarkt).
Similarly, Ward-Prowse was hailed for his work ethic, with Vestergaard boldly tipping him to have unmatched free-kick skills. “What an engine Ward-Prowse has got! It just never runs out of fuel during games – he is so hard-working for the team,” the 28-year-old said before going on to state that he sees his teammates as close friends of his.
This clear tight-knit chemistry Hasenhuttl’s team has could be key for driving Southampton up the table this season. The duo – both valued at £18million by Transfermarkt – may play a huge part in ensuring the Saints secure a top ten finish at the end of this campaign.