Ronald Koeman plays down James Ward-Prowse comparisons to David Beckham

Southampton's English midfielder James Ward-Prowse (L) vies with Newcastle United's Dutch midfielder Vurnon Anita (R) during the English Premier League football match on December 14, 2013
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Ronald Koeman dismisses claims that James Ward-Prowse should be compared to David Beckham.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has dismissed comparisons between James Ward-Prowse and David Beckham.

The 19-year-old has impressed at England Under-21 level and has made 50 appearances for the club after coming through the youth system.

Koeman told reporters: "Ward-Prowse is a great player and I told him this week he had a big future, but comparing him to Beckham puts a lot of pressure on the boy because Beckham was an amazing player.

"He's already played a lot of matches in the first team and is a boy from the academy."

Ward-Prowse won Goal of the Tournament at the 2014 Toulon Tournament in France as England Under-21s finished fourth.

Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, northwest England, on August 17, 2014
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