Ward-Prowse wanted set-piece to seal points

By SFC Media time Tue 27 May First team

James Ward-Prowse would have liked his sensational free-kick against Brazil to have secured England three Toulon Tournament points on Monday night rather than a mere consolation.

Having fallen to a two-goal deficit in England’s toughest game of the U20 competition so far, the Saints midfielder’s late goal handed the Young Lions fresh impetus but failed to yield a leveller.

The 19-year-old was frustrated at how the clash resulted after what he felt was a superior performance from his team let down by goals conceded poorly.

Brazil’s win sees them go six points clear of Gareth Southgate’s third-placed side in Group B, with England's only method of qualifying ahead of the table-toppers being through goal difference.

"It was nice to get the goal and it is a bit of a rarity for me to score, so it was good," Ward-Prowse told TheFA.com. "But the main focus for me and the team was to go out and win the game.

"It was a personal highlight to score but we wanted to win so we had a chance of winning the tournament. All the lads are disappointed because they were goals we should have avoided. If that had been the case, the free-kick would have won us the game.

"We played better football than Brazil and our overall performance was a lot better.

"We showed a lot of progression and determination to win the match but it was unfortunate we conceded the goals the way we did."

Lemina joins OGC Nice
First team

Lemina joins OGC Nice

Midfielder makes permanent move to Ligue 1.

time16 hours ago
Levante friendly confirmed photo Gallery: Saints 1-1 Fulham
Match Preview: Cardiff vs Saints
Cardiff vs Saints

Match Preview: Cardiff vs Saints

The lowdown as Saints head to Wales in pre-season.

time10 hours ago
St Mary's closed on Tuesday 2021/22 Memberships now on sale