JAMES Ward-Prowse has been selected in the England squad for next month’s UEFA Nations League group fixtures.

The Saints skipper, who already has 10 senior caps and two goals to his name for the Three Lions, has been picked as part of Gareth Southgate’s group for the summer.

England are set to face Hungary at the Puskas Arena in Budapest on Saturday, June 4 (5pm) before an away trip to take on Germany on June 7 at the Allianz Arena in Munich (7.45pm).

Wolves’ Molineux ground then hosts two home fixtures against Italy on June 11 (7.45pm) and Hungary on June 14 (7.45pm).

Having made the provisional squad for last summer’s European Championship, Ward-Prowse was omitted from the final group ahead of the tournament.

But the Saints skipper, who was nominated for Premier League Player of the season this campaign, will be hoping to cement himself in the England reckoning next month ahead of the World Cup in Qatar later this year.

Speaking about his World Cup hopes on BBC Radio Solent last week, Ward-Prowse said: “You mentioned the World Cup there and I think that’s a massive target for me to reach having lost out on the Euros squad.

“That was really difficult for me to take. It was a hard summer. Even though we had the time off, it didn’t feel as though I relaxed because you are trying to support the team. (But) you are trying to escape everything from it because you’re not there.

“It’s difficult to digest when you are on holiday with your family and England fans come from the local pub and talk about England.

“You don’t want to talk about it because you are that upset and distraught that you are not there experiencing it for yourself.

“Ultimately, I want to get there and I’ve got to do everything that I can to be there.”

For this squad, Ward-Prowse will hope to help England surge to the top of Group A3 in the Nations League standings.

Four group winners progress to the final of the Nations League next summer.

Kyle Walker-Peters and Fraser Forster have missed out on the squad this time round following their late call-ups as replacements back in March.


Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope, Aaron Ramsdale

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Conor Coady, Marc Guehi, Reece James, James Justin, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Fikayo Tomori, Kieran Tripper, Kyle Walker, Ben White

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Conor Gallagher, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse

Forwards: Tammy Abraham, Jarrod Bowen, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling