Ben Foster has argued that James Ward-Prowse would have made England’s World Cup squad if he was playing for a team like Tottenham.

Ward-Prowse has been extremely consistent in the middle of the park for Southampton over many years and has been capped 11 times for England.

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However, the 28-year-old did not make Gareth Southgate’s final 26-man squad for the World Cup, with the likes of Kalvin Phillips, who has hardly had any game time this season due to injury, and Conor Gallagher, making it in over the Saints star (Sky Sports).

It will come as a major blow to the Southampton captain, who will be 32 years of age the next time the World Cup rolls around.

Foster believes that the one reason the midfielder was not picked is that he plays for a side who are struggling this season.

Here’s the transcript of the conversation that the former Watford goalkeeper had with his co-host on his YouTube channel:

Foster: “Ward-Prowse is out isn’t he the poor guy. Oh, mate.”

Co-host: “I have a question for you Ben, if James Ward-Prowse played for Newcastle, Spurs, Man United or Man City would he be in the squad?” 

Foster: “Yeah I think he would, I think if he played for one of them he would be in there ahead of Conor Gallagher. The fact he is playing for Southampton who are struggling a bit this season is the reason he’s not gone to the World Cup which is a shame for him.”

Interestingly, Ward-Prowse has been mooted as a target for Spurs one more than one occasion in the past, including this summer, with The Daily Mail reporting back in June that Antonio Conte’s men were ‘lining up’ a move for the Saints playmaker.

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I think Southgate’s decision was between Phillips and Ward-Prowse and I am surprised that he decided to take the City star, given his lack of game time this season. However, if both players are fully fit, there is no doubt that Phillips offers more than the Southampton man.

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