JAMES Ward-Prowse has boosted his chances of an England call-up, according to Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.

Ward-Prowse had to play at right back against Aston Villa to plug an injury hole and managed to nullify the threat posed by Jack Grealish.

Because of this versatility, Hasenhuttl reckons the central midfielder has an extra string to his bow and believes it’s increased his chances of an England return.

Saints’ boss said: “Yes, but I think if you’re Gareth Southgate and you know this player then it’s even better to see that he can play in more positions. 

“He’s a very flexible player. His obvious qualities you know, especially his free-kicks, but also in the defence work he is one of the most hard-working guys.

“There are so many good players in England. It’s good that it’s not me to decide it!”

Ward-Prowse has proved himself to be one of Hasenhuttl's best players this season.

The midfielder is excelling alongside captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in his usual No6 position but is still happy to move to defence in order to help the team.

When asked whether Ward-Prowse willingly sacrifices himself, Hasenhuttl said: “Yes, because he wants to win. 

“When he thinks he can help the team or I say, ‘You must help in this position’, he does it. That shows how professional he is.”