James Ward-Prowse

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James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse v Augsburg 2017.jpg
Ward-Prowse playing for Southampton in 2017
Personal information
Full name James Michael Edward Ward-Prowse[1]
Date of birth (1994-11-01) 1 November 1994 (age 24)[2]
Place of birth Portsmouth, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[3]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Southampton
Number 16
Youth career
2003–2011 Southampton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011– Southampton 179 (12)
National team
2010–2011 England U17 7 (0)
2012–2013 England U19 4 (0)
2013–2014 England U20 7 (1)
2013–2017 England U21 31 (6)
2017– England 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:06, 20 January 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 01:06, 20 January 2019 (UTC)

James Michael Edward Ward-Prowse (born 1 November 1994) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Southampton and the English national team.

Originally a member of Southampton's youth system, Ward-Prowse made his first-team debut for the club in October 2011, and signed his first professional contract in May 2012. He has gone on to become a regular for Southampton, and made his 200th appearance in all competitions in April 2018. He primarily plays as a central midfielder but can also be deployed as a right-sided winger.

He has represented England at under-17, under-19 and under-20 levels and earned 31 caps and scored 6 goals at under-21 level, also serving as captain. He made his senior international debut in March 2017 in a 1–0 away defeat to then World champions Germany.

Early and personal life[edit]

Ward-Prowse was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire and is the son of John Ward-Prowse,[4] a barrister.[5] Although his family are Portsmouth supporters,[4] he joined their rivals Southampton at the age of eight.[6]

Club career[edit]

Southampton[edit]

Early years[edit]

Ward-Prowse joined the Southampton Academy at the age of eight, later featuring in every match for the under-18 team in the 2010–11 season before becoming a full-time scholar in 2011.[6] While at the Southampton academy, he secretly trained with non-league Havant & Waterlooville in order to "toughen" himself.[5]

2011–2014[edit]

Ward-Prowse playing for Southampton in 2012

He was first called up to the senior team in October 2011, when he made his full debut for the Southampton first team at the age of 16 in the League Cup against Crystal Palace.[7][8][9] In his second starting appearance for the team, Ward-Prowse scored Southampton's first goal in a 2–1 win over Coventry City to help his side through to the fourth round of the FA Cup.[6][10][11] Following the club's promotion to the top flight in May 2012, Ward-Prowse was one of four youth players offered a professional contract for their return to the Premier League, along with Jack Stephens, Luke Shaw, and Calum Chambers.[12]

Ward-Prowse made his Premier League debut for Southampton on the opening day of the 2012–13 season, playing the first 65 minutes of a 3–2 loss against reigning champions Manchester City.[13] After the match, his performance was described by manager Nigel Adkins as "outstanding".[14] After a substitute appearance against Wigan Athletic,[15] the 17-year-old returned to the starting line-up for the third match of the campaign against Manchester United, continuing to draw praise from commentators.[16] In November, shortly after his 18th birthday, Ward-Prowse signed a five-year contract with Southampton, amidst speculation that he might leave the club in the near future.[17][18]

In a home match against Queens Park Rangers in March 2013, Ward-Prowse was involved in a late attack which could have saved the hosts a point when he provided a cross to be headed at goal by centre-back Maya Yoshida, only for substitute goalkeeper Robert Green to save and secure the win for the visitors.[19] He later provided the assist for a Jason Puncheon equaliser in the penultimate match of the season against fellow strugglers Sunderland on 12 May, picking up play from strikers Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert to cross for the winger to secure an important point for Southampton in the 75th minute of play.[20]

Despite making 15 league appearances for his club throughout the season, many of these came as a substitute, and as a result it was reported at the end of the season that Ward-Prowse was "not content sitting on the bench".[21] The midfielder did, however, win the Scholar of the Season accolade at the Southampton club awards ceremony in May, beating academy teammates Luke Shaw and Dominic Gape to the title.[22]

At the beginning of the 2013–14 season, Ward-Prowse came into favour with manager Mauricio Pochettino to start the first match of the season against West Bromwich Albion, almost scoring in one of the few attacking moves of an otherwise uneventful encounter which ended 1–0 to Southampton thanks to a last-minute penalty from Lambert.[23] The midfielder also played the full 90 minutes of the following match against Sunderland, registering an assist with a free kick in the 88th minute which was headed in for a late equaliser by centre-back José Fonte.[24]

Ward-Prowse was an ever-present at the start of the 2014–15 season, until on 20 September, when he fractured his foot in a win over Swansea City. He was subsequently ruled out for 10 weeks.[25]

2015–present[edit]

Ward-Prowse playing for Southampton in 2015

He signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract in January 2015.[26] On 11 April, he scored his first Premier League goal, opening the scoring in a 2–0 win against Hull City with a penalty kick.[27] He was given a straight red card on 2 May for a foul on Sunderland's Jermain Defoe, conceding a penalty from which Jordi Gómez scored the winning goal.[28]

On 3 October 2015, Ward-Prowse was a half-time substitute for Oriol Romeu in a 3–1 win at reigning champions Chelsea.[29] This was his 100th Southampton appearance, making him the fourth-youngest player to reach that figure.[30]

Ward-Prowse was praised by manager Ronald Koeman after scoring two goals in a 3–0 win home win against West Bromwich Albion on 16 January 2016: a free kick and a penalty.[31][32] He amassed 39 appearances and scored twice during the 2015–16 season.[33] On 13 May 2016, he signed a new six-year contract, keeping him at the club until 2022.[34]

Ward-Prowse scored his first goal of the 2016–17 season on 25 September with an injury-time strike to seal a 3–0 away win over West Ham United.[35] He doubled his tally on 22 January 2017, opening the scoring in a 3–0 home victory over reigning Premier League champions Leicester City as Southampton ended a run of four successive league defeats.[36]

He made his 200th appearance in all competitions for Southampton on 7 April 2018.[37]

International career[edit]

Youth[edit]

Ward-Prowse began his international career with the England under-17 team, gaining seven caps for the team in two tournaments between 2010 and 2011.[38] In 2012, he made the step up to the under-19 team, for whom he played four times, and in 2013 joined the under-20s for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey; the midfielder played all three matches in the tournament, none of which England won.[38]

At the age of 18, Ward-Prowse received his first call-up to the England under-21 team from Gareth Southgate in August 2013, for the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification matches against Moldova and Finland.[39] He played for 64 minutes in the first match,[40] and for the full 90 against Finland, in which he had some of England's most clear goal-scoring opportunities.[41] He scored his first under-21 goal on 15 October, scoring a free kick from 20 yards in a 5–0 win against Lithuania.[42] During the 2014 Toulon Tournament, he scored a "stunning" free kick against Brazil during the group stages.[43] This was later voted "Goal of the Tournament"; Ward-Prowse was also voted as one of the best three players in the tournament.[44]

In April 2015, Roy Hodgson called Ward-Prowse a "big prospect" and hinted at a possible senior team call-up by saying "he'll be in our thoughts because we like him very much."[45]

On 29 May 2016, he captained England under-21s to their first Toulon Tournament victory since 1994, by beating hosts France 2–1.[46] Ward-Prowse was nominated for the Vauxhall England Under-21 Player of the Year award, but eventually lost out to Southampton teammate Nathan Redmond.[47]

In June 2017, he captained the under-21s at that year's edition of the European Under-21 Championship where England reached the semi-finals, eventually losing to Germany in a penalty shoot-out.[48]

Senior[edit]

On 16 March 2017, he earned his first call-up to the senior England squad for a friendly against Germany and a World Cup qualifying match against Lithuania.[49] Six days later, he made his senior debut along with teammate Nathan Redmond in a 1–0 away loss to Germany, replacing West Bromwich Albion's Jake Livermore after 82 minutes.[50]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 19 January 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Southampton 2011–12[51] Championship 0 0 1 1 1 0 2 1
2012–13[52] Premier League 15 0 1 0 3 0 19 0
2013–14[53] Premier League 34 0 3 0 2 0 39 0
2014–15[54] Premier League 25 1 3 0 2 0 30 1
2015–16[33] Premier League 33 2 1 0 2 0 3[a] 0 39 2
2016–17[55] Premier League 30 4 2 0 5 0 6[a] 0 43 4
2017–18[56] Premier League 30 3 2 1 1 0 33 4
2018–19[57] Premier League 12 2 2 0 1 0 15 2
Career total 179 12 15 2 17 0 9 0 220 14
  1. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of match played 22 March 2017[58]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
England 2017 1 0
Total 1 0

Honours[edit]

Southampton

England U21

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