VIDEO: England release clip that bolsters 'next Beckham' comparisons…

A potential future star of the England national football team has been likened to a Manchester United icon and is on the books at Southampton.

On Tuesday, November 19, England's Under 21 side defeated San Marino U21s and those attending the high-scoring match at New Meadow, home of Shrewsbury Town, certainly got their money's worth as they witnessed nine goals for the home side.

One of the stand-out performers was James Ward-Prowse, who converted a 25-yard free kick, bending it with the expertise of England great David Beckham, to score Gareth Southgate's Young Lions' fourth goal after just 24 minutes.

The stunning free-kick strike is not the first time he has been likened to the former Manchester United academy graduate, as Ward-Prowse recently confessed that he has indeed mode'led parts of his game on the now-retired ace, 38.

The 19-year-old Southampton midfielder recently informed Sky Sports: '[Beckham] is a boyhood hero of mine. He is someone I have modelled my attributes on - especially his free-kick taking and his set-piece delivery.'

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