James Ward-Prowse Profile
|Born||Nov 01, 1994|
James Ward-Prowse has truly made a name for himself as the captain of Southampton, who is renowned for his lethal free-kicks.
James Ward-Prowse is an English soccer player who plays in midfield and captains Premier League side Southampton.
Ward-Prowse has spent his entire career at Southampton, progressing through the youth ranks, debuting in 2011, to playing his 300th game in 2021.
Ward-Prowse joined the Southampton academy in 2003 aged eight, where he would continue all the way through the ranks to the first team.
The Englishman featured in every match for the U-18 team in 2010/11, before earning a place in the first team squad for the 2011/12 season.
Premier League dreams
In 2011, Ward-Prowse made his debut for the Saints aged 16 against Crystal Palace in a League Cup match, before starting again in the FA Cup third round, scoring his first goal for the club in a 2-1 win over Coventry.
Southampton had reached the top flight for the 2012/13 season, with Ward-Prowse being one of the only youth players to be offered a professional contract with the club.
In the 2012/13 campaign, he made his Premier League debut for the Saints in a 3-2 loss to Manchester City, where he performed admirably. Ward-Prowse continued to gather praise in his third match against Manchester United.
His terrific performances earned him a five-year contract extension with the club shortly after his 18th birthday.
In his first season, Ward-Prowse picked up his only assist on the last day against Sunderland. In his first professional season, the midfielder picked up Scholar of the Season for his efforts.
On Mauricio Pochettino's arrival, he became a favourite of the manager for the 2013/14 season, playing in 34 of the 38 Premier League games.
Captain of the Saints
In 2015, James Ward-Prowse signed a five-year deal with Southampton, committing his future to his boyhood club.
In the 2014/15 season, the midfielder scored his first Premier League goal for the Saints in a 2-0 win over Hull City.
In the following season, Ward-Prowse would make his 100th appearance for Southampton, making him the fourth youngest to do so aged 20. He would later achieve his 200th in April 2018.
After Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg departure from Southampton in June 2020, Ward-Prowse took over as captain, signing a new contract keeping him until 2025.
In January 2021, Ward-Prowse made his 300th appearance for Southampton.
Ward-Prowse has represented England at many youth levels, starting as a part of the England U-17s, gaining seven caps between 2010 and 2011.
In 2012, he made the step up to the U-19 team, for whom he played four times, and in 2013 joined the U-20s for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup
In 2013, Ward-Prowse was called up for the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification. He scored his first U-21 goal against Lithuania, a free-kick from 20 yards.
In 2016, he captained England U-21s to their first Toulon Tournament victory since 1994, by beating hosts France 2-1.
After years of England youth football, Ward-Prowse was finally called up to the England senior squad in 2017 for a friendly against Germany and a World Cup qualifying match against Lithuania, where he would make his senior debuts.
In March 2021, he scored his first international goal in a 5-0 win over San Marino.
As well as World Cup qualifiers, he returned for the European Championship qualifiers in 2019, and was named in the Euro 2020 provisional squad. However, he did not make the cut for the 26-man squad when it was announced on June 1, 2021.
Ward-Prowse was born in Portsmouth and is son to John Ward-Prowse. Ward-Prowse and his partner, Olivia, have one son named Oscar born in 2018.
James Ward-Prowse's net worth is believed to be £14million.