James Ward-Prowse says lifting the Toulon Tournament trophy with England is a day he’ll never forget.
The Southampton Academy graduate, along with Matt Targett and Jack Stephens, helped Gareth Southgate’s Under-21s to success in France.
A 2-1 win against the tournament hosts in the final, in which Ward-Prowse grabbed an assist, secured a first Toulon title for England since 1994, and the Saints youngster was understandably delighted.
“It’s a day that we will never forget,” he told FATV. “For me certainly it’s been the best achievement of my career so far.
“Collectively as a team it’s a real positive sign and I think it can act as a real springboard now for us to kick on as a group and head towards next summer.
“The amount of times you watch teams celebrating, you want to be in those positions and for us to lift the trophy and celebrate a successful two weeks is great.
“Everybody has contributed to this great win and for most of the boys it’ll be the most memorable moment of their career so far, like it is for me.”
Ward-Prowse and the Young Lions saw off France in the final, and the midfielder was pleased to answer the critics, who feel Southgate’s side struggle under pressure.
“I think a lot of people were questioning us in big games and I think we proved that we can cope with the pressure,” Ward-Prowse added.
“We worked during the week and in the meetings we had. The training and the way the manager has coached us has given us the chance to win this tournament.
“I think everybody deserves a lot of credit.”