England could call upon in-form James Ward-Prowse after injury blow for Jordan Henderson – Telegraph.co.uk

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

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Southampton James Ward-Prowse could get a late call-up to Gareth Southgates England squad because of injuries.

Jordan Henderson has already been ruled out of Liverpools match at Fulham after suffering an ankle injury against Bayern Munich, which makes him a major doubt to link up with England.

Manager Southgate must wait for this weekends fixtures to see if any more of his midfielders suffer injuries before deciding whether or not to add any players to his squad.

The City boss has set extraordinarily high standards for himself having previously guided Barcelona to victory in the competition twice.

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If he does, then it is believed Southampton midfielder Ward-Prowse is among the frontrunners to step in, having narrowly missed out on the initial squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro.

It’s become evident this season that Chelsea fans want to see young exciting prospects such as Callum Hudson-Odoi handed more game time. You can't blame them either considering that the 18-year-old is one of the most exciting English talents in the game today. Unfortunately, he appeared desperate to leave the Bridge during the most recent transfer window – Bayern Munich were prepared to offer a whopping £35million for the player – however, in the end he stayed, much to the relief of supporters. Good choice it proved to be too as he's since bagged four goals in his last eight games.

Southgates assistant Steve Holland was at St Marys last Saturday to make a check on Ward-Prowse and Tottenham Hotspurs England players, and Southampton do not play this weekend.

We are talking Michy Batshuayi (Crystal Palace), Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid), Mario Pasalic (Atalanta), Kurt Zouma (Everton), Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa), Mason Mount (Derby), Tiemoue Bakayoko (AC Milan) to name just seven. We could keep going for some time. We get it. It’s in trend to splash the cash on one or two high-profile names every window, but why not take a look around your own gargantuan roster and give one of those players the chance to prosper.

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.

Guardiola said at his pre-match press conference: “We don’t have too many players. John Stones was on the bench but he was not ready to play then, and not even tomorrow. He is still recovering and is not well enough even to play in the national team.

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.

The FIFA issue has been raised just a week after European governing body UEFA opened an investigation into alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play rules by City. The Premier League and Football Association also have probes ongoing into the club.

We know there are some players just on the fringes that we wouldnt 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. Hes absolutely the sort of character you want around the squad.

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We love Prowsey. Ive been accused of being a father of Prowsey over the years! This most recent spell is his best spell since we capped him before.

England medics will liaise with their counterparts at Liverpool and City before deciding on whether the pair, who are central to Southgates plans, should report to St Georges Park on Monday before deciding on any withdrawals and replacements.

He is, I would say, a world-class deliverer of set-plays, but hes only recently got back into the team at Southampton. I think weve got some good midfield players and it isnt a straightforward selection.

Were four months on from our last game. You could look at Fabian Delph and say he hasnt been playing for Manchester City, but he was our best player against Croatia. So, trying to balance all of that this time has been difficult this time.

“Everyone associated with the club wants Guardiola at Manchester City and there would be a lot of disappointed fans, staff and players if he left. I dont expect Guardiola to look to move anywhere until his contract is up in two years, at least.”

1:24 Pep Guardiola says Manchester City's Champions League quarter-final tie against Tottenham is 50/50, but is relaxed ahead of the game Pep Guardiola says Manchester Citys Champions League quarter-final tie against Tottenham is 50/50, but is relaxed ahead of the game Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he is relaxed about the prospect of facing Tottenham three times in 12 days, and says their Champions League tie is “50/50”.

Cue a heated response from Manchester United fans and, to a lesser extent perhaps, supporters of Tottenham Hotspur. The former will rightly feel that after their superb comeback against PSG anything is possible. Under the inspirational Ole Gunnar Solskjaer even more so! But Lionel Messi has tormented United in the later stages of this competition before and he will likely do so again. As for Spurs, well City represents the worst possible draw they could have been handed. On their night, they have shown they can surprise any of the Continent’s elite clubs but City know all about them and have lately made a habit of beating them in Premier League encounters.

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City were drawn to play their Premier League rivals in the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Friday.

So, to the final tie, and stepping briefly away from the English angle. Like Spurs fans, supporters of Ajax will have cursed their (bad) luck of the draw. As the rejuvenated four-time former winners of this competition showed in eliminating Real Madrid, they are a vibrant, free-scoring outfit. Yet they are also a team suited to facing opposition that plays an open, flowing game. Grizzled, well-drilled Juventus do not fall into that category. They have the experience and quality to shut a game down at will, to dictate tempo and then to release an attack that is now spearheaded by a man who is almost a walking guarantee of Champions League success.

The first leg will take place at Spurs new stadium on April 9, with the return leg at the Etihad Stadium on April 17, before a Premier League clash between the pair in Manchester just three days later.

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