England could call upon in-form James Ward-Prowse after injury blow for Jordan Henderson

England could call upon in-form James Ward-Prowse after injury blow for Jordan Henderson

That means the 24-year-old, who has scored in his last three games and impressed since returning to the Southampton side, should be fit and ready to step in for England if called upon.

Having confirmed Harry Winks was not fit enough to be considered, Southgate showered praise on Ward-Prowse, who has won one England cap, when explaining why he had not initially been called up on Wednesday.

“We know there are some players just on the fringes that we wouldn’t hesitate to call in both in terms of their ability, but also in the case of a player like James Ward-Prowse and his character,” said Southgate. “He’s absolutely the sort of character you want around the squad.

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