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James Ward-Prowse Targeting David Beckham Premier League Record

James Ward-Prowse Targeting David Beckham Premier League Record
By PJ Browne Updated

James Ward-Prowse says breaking David Beckham's Premier League record of 18 goals scored from free kicks would be "an incredible achievement".

The Southampton midfielder, who made his Premier League debut for the club in the 2012/13 season, has scored 12 goals from free kicks in the league.

"That would be an incredible achievement and it’s a good lesson for me in life that if you work hard at a particular skill you can reap the rewards of it,” the 27-year-old replied when asked about possibly breaking the record one day.

"To beat someone like that I think would be incredibly impressive, but the funny thing is Beckham obviously went on to play in other countries and I’ve had a long time in the Premier League. I think it speaks a lot about his quality. It’s a good target to have in the back of my mind.

"Being English and seeing the magical moments that he’s created in an England shirt, he was the one I would race out into the garden to try and emulate and copy. I had a few of his hairstyles as well along the way and the boots.

"I’d love to meet him one day and have a coffee and a chat and just pick his brains. Hopefully, if I can reach the record then hopefully he may reach out. We’ll see."

James Ward-Prowse Premier League free kicks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-tLJ6V0hWk

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Ward-Prowse said when he first started practising free kicks, he'd take 12 - 14 twice a week, but his methods have changed.

"Now I'm more into six to eight, just once a week to try and recreate the pressure of a game," he said.

"I wouldn't end on a good one, I’d just take six and that’s my six. I want to recreate that game-like pressure."

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