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Shaw and Ward-Prowse preparing for England U21 game in Finland
9:06pm Sunday 8th September 2013 in Sport
A sense of teamwork is uniting England's Under-21 players ahead of their European qualifier in Finland tomorrow night.
Gareth Southgate's freshened-up squad head to Tampere on the back of a narrow 1-0 win over Moldova in Reading last Thursday.
Rising star Saido Berehino scored the winner at the Madjeski and is one of a number of players to have staked an early claim for a regular spot under new boss Southgate.
The ex-Middlesbrough manager has introduced some new faces to the group following the miserable European Championships in the summer.
Among them are Saints pair Luke Shaw and James Ward-Prowse, who both made their U21 debuts against Moldova last Thursday.
And, according to Manchester United's Wilfried Zaha, the much-changed squad are enjoying their football.
"It was my first game with some of these players and we all play differently and just have to understand each other really," he said when reflecting on the Moldova win.
"But for a first performance together, it was a good game for everyone "The squad has gelled together really well, we all get on well and when we get on the pitch we're just on the same wavelength."
Zaha could have been forgiven for thinking he was done with Under-21 football after a summer move to Old Trafford, only to be overlooked for the senior squad for the current World Cup qualifiers.
There was no sign of any problems readjusting as he got back into the swing of age-grade matches again, though.
The 20-year-old performed well and now wants his team to move on and lay down a marker against Finland.
He said: "It was a good game really, we dominated it for most of the time and we just needed to take those chances. But all in all, we played well.
"We need to go back and work on our finishing, because we could have finished it early-doors.
"We let go of a couple of chances and that might cost us in another game."
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