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Clasie praises heroics of Southampton 'keeper Forster

Jordy Clasie scored the winner for Saints against West Brom Credit: PA

Match-winner Jordy Clasie hailed team-mate Fraser Forster after Southampton's 1-0 victory at West Brom.

Goalkeeper Forster preserved victory with two late saves from Craig Dawson and Jonny Evans at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

Clasie had struck a first-half winner to settle a forgettable game which saw the Saints close the gap on the eighth-placed Baggies to four points.

Claude Puel's side have two games in hand on Albion and strengthened their grip on a top 10 finish thanks to Forster's late heroics, including a fine reaction stop from Dawson.

Clasie praised Forster and also highlighted how pleased he was at scoring his first league goal since April 2015, for Feyenoord.

It's unbelievable.

The last two or three saves he made were incredible. They were so important for us, not only as defenders but the whole team.

We have a 'keeper that can take points for us. I scored but I think you can give him the credit as well because he won us two points.

It was a lovely feeling.

Every player wants to play in their career. You can have some difficult moments on the bench or not in the squad, and I've had those moments.

Sometimes you need that little bit of luck and today was my chance, but the most important thing was to get all three points.

– Jordy Clasie

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Saints will benefit from England call-ups - boss Puel

James Ward-Prowse received his first senior call-up Credit: PA

Claude Puel has urged Southampton's new England internationals not to change the approach that earned them their senior debuts, and believes his club can benefit from the experience they will gain.

The manager recently watched Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse make their first Three Lions appearances, against Germany, and in the same squad in which Ryan Bertrand and Fraser Forster have long featured.

He is happy two of his finest players' progress is being recognised by Gareth Southgate. He is also confident that it will further encourage their development, as long as they maintain the dedication that led to their first caps.

I didn't want to give them pressure.

It's important they keep a good attitude. The will to make progress every time, and to improve, is the most important thing.

They are the same (in training since representing England). And I want them to stay with the same attitude, and humility.

For example, Ward-Prowse stays at the end of the training sessions to continue to work, he doesn't change anything. It's the same for Nathan.

It was important to perform and to continue this work. It was an opportunity for them, it was a fantastic thing for them, but they now come back to work, with good results.

For the young players it was very interesting for them to see the national team, and important for the club also, because all this is a good response for their work at this club for many years.

It was a good reward to see Nathan and James on the national team.

This is great for the team and we need to continue that.

It's great, fantastic for the club, for them and all this we've done with a good feeling and focus about the Premier League and all the games.

– Claude Puel

Southampton's England duo pranked by boss Puel

James Ward-Prowse has been called up to the senior England squad Credit: PA

James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond thought they were in trouble when Southampton boss Claude Puel hauled them into his office.

But the Southampton duo were delighted when they left after their manager told them they had been named in the England squad.

Midfielder Ward-Prowse and winger-turned-striker Redmond were two of England boss Gareth Southgate's surprise choices for the forthcoming internationals against Germany and Lithuania.

And Puel could not resist teasing the uncapped pair before giving them the good news.

I told them I had a problem with their attitude in the training session, and to ask their opinion.

Then after I told them the news I said I couldn't understand why.

But of course it's fantastic for them and for the club. It's a good thing for them and congratulations to them and to the club.

All the staff who train them have been important for their progress and it's a good reward for all.

The policy in this club for a lot of seasons has been to work with quality, for the promotion and evolution of young players, and it's important we continue.

You can see with James, I looked at the interview when he was young, it was the same spirit - I think James is the ideal son-in-law!

He's an intelligent player, he wants to make progress. It's easy to train James.

For Nathan, he's also a talented player, but sometimes he didn't listen enough. But he has made progress since the beginning of the season.

It's important he understands he has all the quality to become a very good striker with his feet and his quality. He can score all the goals and give good assists.

It's a good reward for them and their work.

– Claude Puel
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