James Ward Prowse could become Steven Gerrard's long-term replacement in the England team ahead of Euro 2016.
Roy Hodgson has confirmed that he is keeping tabs on the Southampton youngster's progress, especially after some starring performances for Gareth Southgate's under-21 side.
The 20-year-old has scored three times in 13 appearances for the under-21's and had started the season in fine form with Southampton before a foot injury ruled him out until the turn of the year.
Ward Prowse will have to see off Jack Wilshere if he wants to make the deep-lying role his own, but the backing from the England boss will do his confidence the world of good.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror about the future for England, Hodgson confirmed that the position the Southampton academy product prefers is one he is definitely interested in deploying him in.
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Set piece specialist
‘’Ward-Prowse is a player we think has got an interesting future in that position. He’s injured but I don’t believe I’m going to be stuck for choice.’’ he said.
One of the features of Ward Prowse's game is his passing range and his ability to deliver a killer set piece.
He is a regular corner and free-kick taker for Southampton, and won the goal of the tournament award in Toulon when he scored a superb freekick for England under-20's against Brazil.
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This adds another dimension to his game and one that the senior side are somewhat short of. Wayne Rooney and Leighton Baines are the current front-runners for free-kick duties, but Ward Prowse's inclusion would add another strong candidate into the mix.
With Steven Gerrard retiring from international football following this summer's World Cup, the England team are lacking a real pass master who can dictate the tempo of a game.
Jack Wilshere likes to make forward runs and dart into the box, whereas Ward Prowse is more of a deep-lying playmaker. a combination that would perfectly in tandem.
With Ward Prowse coming deep to get on the ball with Wilshere advancing, Hodgson will surely be keen to build the future team around the midfield duo, one that will certainly leave England in very safe hands whilst in possession for a long time to come.
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