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Southampton captain Ward-Prowse: Hasenhuttl teaching me to be more streetwise

Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse says he's learned to become more streetwise under manager Ralph Hasenhuttel.

Ward-Prowse sparked controversy in England's Nations League qualifying win over Iceland when spotted scuffing up the penalty spot ahead of Birkir Bjarnason's miss.

But the Saints skipper admits he has tried to become a more streetwise player since Hasenhuttl took charge of the Saints.

"It's something which we can all take forward for sure. I think certainly at club level we have developed that ourselves as well and we've learned a lot with that, so I think it's just something that has added to my game.

"It's an important factor in the modern game. There are certain scenarios in a game and you have to take yourself out of the situation and see what is best at that time.

"It is something that we at club level have employed.

"I think we (Saints) maybe had the reputation of being a bit too nice and we have maybe had to show a bit more aggression and a bit of that darker side in order to help us win games. I think it's just something that I have learned along the way."

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