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Ward-Prowse praised by England U21 boss after Finland draw
7:50am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in Sport
SAINTS midfielder James Ward-Prowse won praise from England Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate after last night’s 1-1 European Championship qualifier in Finland.
Having seen off Moldova with relative ease in his first match at the helm, the 1-1 draw in Tampere was an eventful second game for the recently-appointed Young Lions boss.
Moshtagh Yaghoubi gave Finland a shock 15th-minute lead after his whipped, long-range free-kick rather embarrassingly caught out goalkeeper Jack Butland.
England recovered well and equalised through Saido Berahino in the 67th minute, but any chances of a win were hampered by a red card for captain Andre Wisdom.
Southgate said: "I thought James Ward-Prowse and Tom Carroll were terrific.
"Even when we were down to 10 men, they kept probing and opening them up and did a disciplined job defensively when we needed that cover."
"We said at the beginning of the week that we won't go into every game and not make mistakes or not go behind, so it's how we respond to those things that matters.
"We've got to keep doing the right things and we kept passing and probing.
"We kept doing that when we went down to 10 men as well, which was really pleasing."
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