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James Ward Prowse Pulls Out Of England Squad
Tuesday, 10th Nov 2020 11:08

Saints have announced that James Ward Prowse has withdrawn from the England squad due to a hamstring problem, read on for more information.

James Ward Prowse had dropped out of Gareth Southgate's Engalnd squad for the forthcoming friendly against Republic of Ireland and Nations League matches against Belgium and Iceland.

Saints state that it is a precautionary measure due to a tight hamstring and that they have agreed with England that he will remain at Southampton to have treatment from the club.

On one hand this is disappointing news for Saints supporters, there is a sense of pride in seeing one of our players pull on an England shirt, but on the other hand there is a feeling that there is no point in him going anyway, the likes of JWP & Tong Grealish has been overlooked by Gareth Southgate and have had to watch whilst the latest Golden Boy from the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City or United get the nod ahead of them.

A few years ago Southgate looked like being a breath of fresh air when he was appointed England manager when he vowed to pick players based on form alone rather than the club they played for, at first that looked the case, but increasingly Southgate has reverted to the style of his predecessors and given caps to those players who have barely played in the Premier League, but who of course play for a Big Six club.

This has seen a big rise in the lack of discipline in and around the squad, the England boss has failed to clamp down on those who have digressed, small slaps on the wrist and then picked for the next squad send out the wrong message and it seems Southgate is fast losing the respect of the dressing room.

Since he has been England manager 17 players who have been in his England squads have featured on the front pages of the tabloids for the wrong reasons, this in itself tells a story.

So sadly I am glad James Ward Prowse has pulled out I want him fit for the trip to Wolves more than I want to see him in an england shirt.

Stop Press
Shortly after this article was published, James Ward Browse replacement in the squad was announced, - 17 year old Jude Bellingham.

Bellingahm was a regular for Birmingham City last season before joining Borussia Dortmund in the summer on turning 17.

Bellingham who only received a call up to the U21 squad in September, but it seems he is being fast tracked to the full squad after playing only 5 Bundesliga games for Dortmund and a handful of England U21 appearances, I rest my case.

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halftimeorange added 13:07 - Nov 10
How Ings, the most likely forward to score a goal out of nothing, Ward-Prowse, acknowledged as the best deliver of crosses from dead balls and always likely to score from free-kicks together with Jack Grealish who, like him or not, is currently the most gifted English playmaker didn't get on either from the start or early in the last England game is outrageous. Southgate should be replaced asap with a manager who has balls and new ideas. England will progress nowhere under his leadership or lack of it.

underweststand added 13:29 - Nov 10
OK Prowsie ...you'll have to wait for the next round of Internationals , but in the current climate you'd be lucky to get 10 minutes at the end of the game, after Grealish comes off with MoM award (sic) and when the rest of the team really needs your help.
Better off being home, and getting fit and ready for the Wolves game.

Gareth Southgate does his best to quieten the media by giving every young player half-a game and get their England cap, but if Kane or Sterling doesn't score... the rest of the squad often struggle to get a result.

SaintPaulVW added 06:22 - Nov 11
In the eyes of Southgate as JWP doesn't play for a big club his opportunities will be limited. I suspect because of his dead ball skills he'll make the squad but only for a substitute's role in tight games.

underweststand added 08:42 - Nov 11
the bottom line on this one is ..we'd prefer Prowsie to be fit enough to start for Saints than sit on the bench for England. Southgate would never have the courage to start him in a game, and then only use him for 10 minutes at the end of a dull game is an insult.

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