The Saints midfielder was handed the armband for the Young Lionsâ€™ friendly against Turkey in Telford after regular skipper John Lundstram pulled out through injury.
â€śIt was an experience Iâ€™ve always wanted,â€ť Ward-Prowse exclusively told Saints Player today after returning to Southampton in the early hours of this morning.
â€śItâ€™s always an honour to play for your country at any level, and to get the captainâ€™s armband and do it in my own country was a really good experience.
â€śThe normal captain of the group went home injured, so I had an inkling that I potentially could be captain.
â€śThe manager said that there were three-or-four candidates, but he pulled me to a side on the morning of the game to tell me itâ€™d be me.
â€śIt was a really good moment to be told that I was going to be able to lead my country out."