James Ward-Prowse can feel a little hard done by after his snub from Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad.
The Southampton midfielder has been at the top of his game in recent weeks with his stunning free-kick in his side’s 2-1 win over Tottenham displaying the sort of confidence he has right now.
And with the Three Lions playing significant weaker opposition in the Czech Republic and Montenegro, albeit in Euro qualifiers, it was a good chance for Southgate to play around with his options a bit.
Nevertheless, what is done is done and Ward-Prowse must now move on from this setback.
It is obviously not the end of the road for the Southampton academy graduate, though, especially at the age 24.
He now needs to make sure he maintains the level he is playing at and, if he does, there is no reason why he cannot be selected in the future.
With the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Fabian Delph not regulars at their clubs, Southgate knows he cannot keep selecting these players, something the Three Lions boss has spoken about in the past (The Guardian).
And when that time comes, should it at all, Ward-Prowse can put himself at the front of the queue if he keeps playing the way he has been.
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