Ward-Prowse out to copy Becks

Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse has admitted that he has modelled parts of his game on David Beckham and says it is flattering to be compared to the former England captain.

Last Updated: 17/11/13 at 14:12 Post Comment

James Ward-Prowse: Proud to be likened to David Beckham

James Ward-Prowse: Proud to be likened to David Beckham

Having studied footage of Beckham's technique on set-pieces and crosses, Ward-Prowse was proud to hear that Hull City boss Steve Bruce recently likened him to the former Manchester United man.

The 19-year-old has caught the eye with his performances for Southampton this season and is currently away with the England Under-21 squad on international duty.

Speaking about Bruce's comments, Ward-Prowse enthused: "I saw that and it is nice to be compared to someone like that.

"He is a boyhood hero of mine. He is someone I have modelled my attributes on - especially his free-kick taking and his set-piece delivery. I often stop after training with Rickie Lambert and practise."

While Ward-Prowse's fine form was rewarded with a call-up to Gareth Southgate's U21 squad, Southampton team-mates Lambert, Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez are currently away with Roy Hodgson's senior set-up.

Ward-Prowse says it is great news for the club that so many players are involved with their countries, and has credited Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino for instilling a strong sense of belief at St Mary's.

"It's a hell of a compliment for Southampton that those three have been called up, and it's not just those three but the others as well," said the teenager.

"You've got Dejan Lovren looking to qualify for the World Cup with Croatia and Gaston Ramirez with Uruguay too, so I think Southampton has become a club that is recognised worldwide and that everyone is striving to do well.

"Adam Lallana has been a massive role model for me at the club. When I was younger, he was a role model in terms of his path to the first team, his loyalty to the club and the way he came through.

"I think on a day-to-day basis in training, the way he applies himself and his love for the game is admirable for everyone."

Ward-Prowse added: "The manager has given everyone confidence and belief that we can win games no matter who's in front of us in the league or cup."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think Finnegans Wake would have been a better reference point than Ulysses. Far more rambling and incomprehensible.

debra2927
Football People On TV: Garth Crooks

I

f I recall correctly, Degsy predicted a 100/1 shot correctly the week after his 150/1 Blackpool 4 - 3 Bolton call. I stuck a fiver on it as an idle bet. Paid for a stag do in Munich. Heady days...

baldini
Backing Hull To Beat United 2-1...

R

odgers prefers Joe Allen to Lucas? If this is true then I'm setting aside a fortnight to finally learn the rules of American Football and I'll give up on real football.

godzilla
The Jammy Gossip

Footer 365

Louis van Gaal believes David De Gea will stay at Manchester United

Louis van Gaal believes David De Gea will stay at Manchester United despite speculation linking him with Real Madrid.

Gary Neville: Liverpool are in danger of becoming a provincial club

Liverpool are stuck in the mud and in danger of becoming a provincial club, according to Gary Neville.

Emmanuel Adebayor's Tottenham future to be talked over after season

Mauricio Pochettino says no decision has yet been made over striker Emmanuel Adebayor's future at White Hart Lane.

Mail Box

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

Don't Slate Sterling For Ambition...

Raheem Sterling deserves credit for his desire to quit Liverpool, according to one mailboxer. Also: why football should not be compared to business and Degsy's latest spot of bother...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company