Southampton have confirmed that England goalkeeper Fraser Forster and midfielder James Ward-Prowse have signed new long-term deals at the Premier League club.
Forster and Ward-Prowse have penned five and six-year contracts respectively and the double deal follows the recent news that Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk had committed himself to the Saints until 2022.
The Saints goalkeeper, who is set to be named in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2016 on Monday, told Southampton’s official YouTube channel that he is “delighted” to sign a new contract with the club.
“I’m delighted. It’s been another good year for the club and I think there’s real ambition around the place and it’s good to be a part of it,” said Forster.
“To commit and sign a new deal is unbelievable and I’m just looking forward to getting started again.
“Every player wants to keep moving forward in their career and for me especially I’m very ambitious, and I think at this club there is that real ambition and desire to keep moving forward and improve year-in, year-out.”
Forster joined Southampton from Celtic in 2014 and has since established himself as one of the Premier League’s top goalkeepers. The goalkeeper broke the Saints’ clean-sheet record by going over 700 minutes without conceding a goal and the 28-year-old is in contention to be England’s number one at the Euros in France this summer.
England are up against Russia, Slovakia and Wales in Group B and play their first game of the competition against the Russians on June 11. The Three Lions are available at even money to get their campaign off to a winning start at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille.
On the other hand, Russia are priced at 31/10 to take all three points from their encounter with England and a draw is rated at 9/4.