‘It’s taking more thought in my head’ – James Ward-Prowse admits David Beckham’s free-kick record is on his mind but Southampton comes first

    James Ward-Prowse has admitted that David Beckham’s free-kick record is growing more and more on his mind.

    The Southampton star took his total free-kick goals scored in the Premier League to 15 with a sublime effort against Fulham earlier this month.

    Ward-Prowse’s free-kicks have been sublime

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    Ward-Prowse’s free-kicks have been sublime

    It means that the England international is just three behind matching Beckham’s total of 18 as the most free-kicks scored in the Premier League.

    However, Ward-Prowse insisted that his mind is on the team as he looks to help Southampton avoid relegation from the top-flight this season.

    The 28-year-old exclusively told talkSPORT: “I think it’s starting to take more thought in my head.

    “The closer I get, I am aware of it. You are probably going to expect me to say but I want the team to do well.

    “I want that to come first and the personal accolades come last.”

    Southampton are currently bottom of the table while new boss Nathan Jones has yet to win a league game since replacing Ralph Hassenhuttl in November.

    Ward-Prowse is closing in on Beckham’s record

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    Ward-Prowse is closing in on Beckham’s record

    The Saints face fellow strugglers Everton on Saturday in what could be a pivotal match for both in the second-half of the season.

    But the south-coast side has battled back in the last week with two big morale-boosting victories – first against Crystal Palace in the FA Cup and then a huge 2-0 win over Manchester City in the Carabao Cup.

    Ward-Prowse added: “There has been a huge, huge change [in positivity]. Not just in the mood but you can feel a momentum building now.

    Southampton have hit form at the right time under Nathan Jones

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    Southampton have hit form at the right time under Nathan Jones

    “We’ve been waiting for that turning point, Forest was a good opportunity for that but it wasn’t to be.

    “But we played against two very good Premier League sides and we have left with two well-earned wins. I think we can take away a lot of confidence from that.

    “There was [some home truths told] and I think that needed to happen because we knew it wasn’t acceptable regardless of how the tactics were viewed.

    “Ultimately, it us as players out on the pitch and we could have delivered the message a lot better than we did.”

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