David Moyes admits he is relieved with James Ward-Prowse’s surprise England snub with the West Ham midfielder set for period of rest after key role in win over Nottingham Forest
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David Moyes admitted he is relieved that James Ward-Prowse has been overlooked for England as West Ham continued to reap the benefit from his wicked deliveries in their 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest.
The midfielder was central to the fightback by whipping in the corners for Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek as West Ham ended a three-game losing streak in the Premier League.
With Ward-Prowse having made nine assists since his £30million move from Southampton in August, including one in midweek against Olympiacos, there is a growing bemusement that he has not featured for Gareth Southgate since June 2022.
Moyes sees their loss as West Ham’s gain. He said: ‘I’m quite pleased because he’s going to get a wee bit of rest this week. With the amount of games we’ve had in this period between international breaks, we’ve just had game after game.
‘James helps in a big way. I think he’ll always be thought about by Gareth Southgate but Gareth’s got so many quality players he can choose from. James is sitting there waiting if he has any injury problems.’
David Moyes has admitted he is relieved with James Ward-Prowse’s surprise England snub
Moyes praised the quality of Ward-Prowse’s deliveries and is keen for him to rest this week
Moyes added: ‘Let’s be fair, he is world class at his deliveries, and if I was him I’d be disappointed the other boys haven’t scored more from his deliveries.’
West Ham’s salvaging of the match from 2-1 down typified Forest’s fortunes on the road since they were promoted in 2022.
Manager Steve Cooper was furious with their defending, especially in conceding an equaliser for 2-2 within two minutes of going ahead.
He said: ‘I think if we’d drawn 2-2, I’d have been disappointed.
‘I can’t look past the goals we’ve given away. We gifted them a goal at the start, worked our way back into it and then to concede a corner after five seconds from kick-off and defend like we did is frustrating.
‘The third goal is from our throw-in, it’s a corner again and we didn’t do our jobs. Whether the ball coming in is brilliant or average, you’ve got the stay with your man.
‘We know we are doing a lot better things away from home but we’ve just thrown a result a way, and to lose it like we did, it was our own fault, I can’t look past that.’
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