Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse has been backed to break the free-kick record in the Premier League currently held by English football icon David Beckham after his sensational long-range free-kick during last weekend’s 3-1 loss at Wolves. England international Ward-Prowse was backed by Ex-Liverpool and Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy while he was on the BBC Match of the Day.



Murphy while speaking on the sensational free-kick from Southampton skipper Ward-Prowse said it was one of the best free-kicks he has seen and that it was a phenomenal effort. Speaking further, the BBC pundit said that Ward-Prowse hit the valve like Cristiano Ronaldo occasionally does in the past and it flew into the back of the net. Ward-Prowse left Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa with no chance of saving the ball as he halved the deficit with six minutes remaining on the clock after the hosts had taken a two-goal lead through goals from Raul Jimenez (penalty) and skipper ConorCoady. Wolves went on to seal a 3-1 home win over the Saints through the breakaway goal from speedy winger AdamaTraore.

Ward-Prowse has been able to take himself to the top two free-kick takers in the history of the Premier League behind record holder David Beckham who played for Manchester United in the competition.

His free-kick strike against Wolves took his tally to 12 free-kick goals and within six of David Beckham. English football icon Beckham was renowned for his dead ball expertise during his playing career and he scored 18 free-kicks with all of them coming in the colours of the Red Devils. Apart from Manchester United, Beckham also played for clubs such as MLS giants LA Galaxy, French club Paris Saint Germain (PSG), AC Milan and Real Madrid.

Behind Beckham, Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry are also on 12 free-kick goals alongside the abovementioned Ward-Prowse.