Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse says the pain of not being included in the England squad for the European Championship motivates him to ensure nothing repeats itself ahead of the World Cup in Qatar .
Ward-Prowse, who made 10 England caps and scored two goals for England, was named in Gareth Southgate’s provisional squad for last summer’s European Championship, but the player The 27-year-old was dropped from the final squad before the tournament.
It meant Ward-Prowse was a spectator as England went into the final, losing on penalties to Italy and, speaking to Sky Sports, the midfielder admitted it was a difficult time for him. him, but he is using it to motivate him to want to book a place in Southgate’s squad for Qatar.
England’s next two matches…
- Friday 23: Italy (A) – starts at 7.45pm
- Monday, September 26: Germany (H) – starts at 7.45pm
“It’s hard to do,” he told Sky Sports of his exclusion from the Euro squad.
“When you’re on vacation for the summer and you’re seeing the successes the team is having, of course you’re excited for them and pleased for them on the one hand, but you also feel nervous because you’re not there. enjoy it.
“I’ve been trying to find that balance in my position, but I have to use that as motivation to raise my level further to make sure I don’t miss another point.”
‘Challenges are always in sport’
Ward-Prowse added: “You’ll have challenges along the way in sports.
“You’ll always have good moments and bad moments, and enjoying the good moments but equally important is how you deal with those bad moments.
“It could have gone either way for me, but I think throughout all the trials and setbacks I’ve had to go through in my career, I’ve always come back to me and what I have. I can do to influence the situation, and that’s to get through the training ground and to show people why I should be there.”
Ward-Prowse was named in Southgate’s squad for England’s final games before the World Cup selection.
Throughout all the trials and setbacks I’ve been through in my career, I’ve always come back to me and what I can do to influence the situation is to step out on the training ground and give everyone a shot. who see why I should be there.
The Three Lions face Italy on Friday and Germany on Monday as the players have one last chance to impress on the international stage, and Ward-Prowse is eager to be called up for the World Cup in Qatar.
“It will be very special,” he said. “I have to perform well enough to get in that squad, and I’m feeling as if I’m doing that at the moment.”
Full England 28-man squad to face Italy and Germany
Goalie: Dean Henderson, Nick Pope, Aaron Ramsdale.
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Conor Coady, Eric Dier, Marc Guehi, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Fikayo Tomori, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker.
Midfielder: Jude Bellingham, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse.
Striker: Tammy Abraham, Jarrod Bowen, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling, Ivan Toney.
Capello: Is England strong enough to win the World Cup?
Meanwhile, Fabio Capello spoke to Sky Sports, giving his views on current Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate as well as England’s chances at the World Cup.
The former England manager has questioned whether the England players are mentally strong enough to lift the trophy.
“I’m really interested in seeing who’s best at the World Cup in Qatar,” he told Sky Sports.
“As a former England manager when I took charge of the team in September, October and November, we were ready to face some of the best teams in the world.
“In March and April, that was true because the material levels were down and then we found it very difficult in June.
“I wanted to test my theory that England are a great team this time of year, so apart from having talented players and a top manager, they can be really competitive and win a big tournament like the World Cup?”
He added: “You say Southgate is under pressure. The only thing I have is doubts in the players’ heads.
“England players feel a sense of responsibility. They can come close to success and then feel that sense of responsibility like a burden on their shoulders.
“If we look at the second half of [Euros] the final against Italy after scoring they stopped playing and what surprised me was they wasted 30 minutes. They wasted their time and didn’t want to play anymore, so they didn’t. It seems to be a mental problem. It is a physical or mental problem.
“That’s what we will find out after the World Cup in Qatar.”
England’s World Cup Group B fixtures
November 21: Iran (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan) – kick off 1pm
November 25: USA (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor) – kick off at 7pm
November 29: Wales (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan) – kick off at 7pm
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