Monday Briefing: 18th March

By SFC Media time Mon 18 Mar Club
Photo by James Bridle | Southampton FC

There might be a second consecutive week without a Premier League game for Saints, but there's still plenty going on behind the scenes in the week ahead...

James Ward-Prowse joins up with England

James Ward-Prowse has received a late call-up to join Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the forthcoming UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Montenegro.

The announcement, which was made at 10am GMT on Monday comes off the back of a superb run of form for Ward-Prowse who has scored six goals in his last nine league games, including back-to-back free-kicks against Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

The 24-year-old has been integral since the arrival of Ralph Hasenhuttl and will be hoping to earn his second cap, after making his Three Lions debut in a friendly against Germany almost exactly two years ago.

England face Czech Republic at Wembley on Friday 22nd March at 7.45pm, before travelling to Montenegro three days later.

Manchester City’s John Stones and Fabian Delph and Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek have withdrawn through injury and Southgate will be working with a squad of 23 players.

International duties

Ward-Prowse now joins a group of eight Saints set to depart for international duty this week.

Beginning closer to home, Shane Long’s Republic of Ireland kick off their own qualifying campaign with a double header against Gibraltar and Georgia on Saturday 23rd March and Tuesday 26th March respectively.

Stuart Armstrong’s Scotland face consecutive away trips to Kazakhstan and San Marino.

Angus Gunn and England U21s meanwhile face Poland, at Ashton Gate, on Thursday 21st March, before Germany, at Vitality Stadium, the following week.

Jan Bednarek’s Poland meet Latvia and Austria, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg’s Denmark will come up against Kosovo and Switzerland and Moi Elyounoussi’s Norway take on Spain and Sweden.

Women at Winchester

The title race continues to hot up for Marianne Spacey-Cale’s Saints this weekend as they take on Winchester Flyers, looking to extend their 11-match winning streak which stretches back to the first day of the season.

Southampton celebrate a goal during the Southern Region Women's Premier League match between Southampton and Oxford City, The Westwood Stadium, AFC Totton, Totton, Southampton, 10th February 2019

Southampton Women currently sit three points behind AFC Bournemouth with two games in hand over the league leaders; the teams face off in what could be a title decider on Sunday 31st March.

Tickets for a busy April

Three crunch home league matches await Saints on their return to action in April. A trip to Brighton at the end of this month is followed by the visits of Liverpool, Wolves and Bournemouth to St Mary’s.

Supporters will be able to secure their seats for the Wolves match on 13th April from tomorrow as tickets go on general sale.

The week after, it’s up to St James’ Park and thanks to Virgin Media, Saints supporters will pay no more than £20 for their match tickets; Official Members can reserve their places for that one from Tuesday morning of this week.

At U23 level, Saints fans will get the chance to watch Radhi Jaïdi’s U23s take on Dinamo Zagreb in the semi-finals of the PL International Cup on 10th April.

With ticket details to be confirmed within the next few days, the clash represents the perfect opportunity to get a closer look at the club’s youngsters at St Mary’s. Jaïdi’s side eliminated Villarreal in the quarter-finals at Staplewood Campus. 

Young Saints to open new Spurs stadium

Southampton Under-18s will be the first visitors to the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium on Sunday.

Paul Hardyman’s side will face their Spurs counterparts at 3pm in an Under-18 Premier League clash that will represent the first test event at the new ground.

The game, which had initially been due to take place at the Tottenham training ground last week, will have a capacity of approximately 30,000 general admission tickets reserved for home supporters.


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