England under-21 manager Gareth Southgate names his squad for the upcoming European Championships on Wednesday amid speculation that the likes of Harry Kane and Luke Shaw have withdrawn from contention due to fear of burnout.
The pair would be major assets for the England youngsters but any decision will not have been taken lightly. Both players play for big clubs, who will need them throughout a long and gruelling campaign next year.
If Kane did not decide to go to the Czech Republic for the tournament, it would be the biggest blow. He has been in phenomenal form this season for Tottenham Hotspur scoring 30 goals in all competitions just 79 seconds into his senior England debut.
He told Sky Sports, “I think Gareth Southgate has built a group that is built on team spirit and good camaraderie. It is a real joy to play for England and go away with them. Everybody is excited to go and hopefully win the tournament.
“The manager has geared the preparation well around tournament football and making sure we get a good test of all sorts of teams. There are no excuses for not doing well there. It is up to us to go and perform under pressure on the big stage.”
Ward-Prowse is undoubtedly confident in the squad’s ability and thanks to their form coming into the competition believes they will go into it as one of the favourites.
He continued, "You can see the promising youngsters we've got coming through the youth set-up. We've had a good record all the way through recently and good individual games. It makes this an exciting time for us.”