Ben Foster makes 2022 FIFA World Cup claim about Tottenham Hotspur’s summer transfer target James Ward-Prowse
According to former England international Ben Foster, Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse would have made the 2022 FIFA World Cup squad had he been playing for a team like Tottenham Hotspur.
Gareth Southgate announced his 26-man Three Lions squad for the World Cup last week which did not have Ward-Prowse. It did, however, have Conor Gallagher of Chelsea despite his underwhelming start to life in the Blues’ senior team.
Ward-Prowse’s expertise when it comes to dead-ball situations is well known. However, Foster believes that playing for a club like the Saints, who are not a traditional ‘big six’ team in England, has worked against Ward-Prowse.
Spurs were apparently keen to sign the central midfielder this summer, but no deal materialised. The ex-West Bromwich Albion shot-stopper said on an episode of Fozcast via his YouTube channel (h/t HampshireLive):
“[James] Ward-Prowse is out, isn’t he? The poor guy.”
Co-host Tom Ochoa asked Foster: “I have a question for you Ben [Foster]. If James Ward-Prowse played for Newcastle, Spurs, Man United or Man City would he be in the squad?”, to which the 39-year-old replied:
“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.”
Southampton are currently in the relegation zone with 12 points from 15 games. Ward-Prowse hasn’t been able to help his team get important results and now faces a tough fight to keep them up this season.
If Tottenham were to ever return for him in the future, perhaps his team being relegated to the Championship could improve our chances. After all, he is one of the finest midfielders in the Premier League and would want to stay at this level.
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However, the 28-year-old, who has 11 caps for England, is on a contract that expires only in the summer of 2026 (Transfermarkt).