It was confirmed this morning that Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse would not be taking a place in England’s Euro 2020 squad.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s injury had seen an opening appear for one of the seven reserve players waiting in the wings, but Gareth Southgate overlooked Ward-Prowse and went with Brighton’s Ben White instead.
Ward-Prowse really could not have done much more. His consistency for Saints in the 2020/21 season was impressive enough, and he then stepped in to play well for England against Romania on Sunday and won many plaudits in the process.
It seemed as though he had earned his chance, and many fans and journalists were also tipping him to get the nod. However, he has missed out again despite some England players struggling with fitness with their first group stage game just six days away.
Everyone will be agreeing that Ward-Prowse is unlucky, but here are three significant positives for him and Saints now that he will not be taking part in Euro 2020: