Southampton fans react on Twitter as England call up Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse

Nathan Redmond(L) and James Ward-Prowse of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at St Mary's Stadium on April 13, 2019 in...

The Saints duo have scored 16 goals between them, all following the December arrival of Ralph Hasenhuttl as manager.

Nathan Redmond(L) and James Ward-Prowse of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at St Mary's Stadium on April 13, 2019 in...

Southampton have announced that Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse have been named in the initial England squad to take part in the UEFA Nations League finals.

The Three Lions begin their quest for silverware in the fledgling competition at the beginning of June when they travel to Portugal to face Ronald Koeman's Netherlands in the semi-finals.

Should they triumph over the Oranje, Gareth Southgate's boys will then face either Portugal or Switzerland in the final, a great opportunity to build on their run to the semi-finals of the World Cup just under a year ago.

 

Redmond, whose tally of 38 Under-21 caps is England’s third-highest at that level, won his only senior cap to date in a friendly with Germany in March 2017, which was also the scene of Ward-Prowse's debut.

His teammate, meanwhile, will be hoping to add to his two England caps, having made a nine-minute cameo in March's European Qualifier against Montenegro (Transfermarkt).

Here is how some Southampton fans reacted on Twitter to the announcement:

Redmond and Ward-Prowse scored 16 goals between them, all following the December arrival of Ralph Hasenhuttl as manager, helping to steer Southampton away from the Premier League relegation zone (official club website).

The fact both players had been struggling prior to the Austrian's arrival and have now edged into England contention for silverware is testament to just what a transformation has taken place at St Mary's since then.

Kyle Walkers-Peters of Tottenham Hotspur is challenged by Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Tottenham Hotspur...

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