December 12 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Nathan Redmond believes Gareth Southgate can help rejuvenate England’s Under-21 set-up, starting with their two European Championship qualifiers in the coming week.
The 19-year-old winger hooked up with the national squad in fine fettle after earning Norwich City their first Premier League win of the campaign.
Now Redmond hopes to help England’s recovery from a disastrous summer that cost Stuart Pearce his job, starting life under Southgate against Moldova at the Madejski Stadium on Thursday evening, before a trip to Finland for their next qualifier on Monday.
“We have just come off the back of a 6-0 friendly win over Scotland, so it won’t be too different,” said Redmond. “The quality of players is the same and although the ethos might change we still have a lot of Premier League players in that squad, so we will look to keep the momentum.
“If you look at the quality we have with Wilfried Zaha, Connor Wickham and Jonjo Shelvey for example, you have bags of talent that can win you games and we have plenty of good, strong players at the back who can see games out.
“You can see how good the squad is so we will just go out to play football and if we score six goals or one goal and we win… it is the qualifying round and the result is all that matters.”
Some may consider Redmond unfortunate to not be closer to senior recognition.
“If players are playing well it won’t go unnoticed,” he added. “If you are playing well the fans will speak, the media will speak and it will come to the coach’s and other people’s attention. If you’re playing well, hopefully you get a chance.
“It is important for me to do well at Norwich. My family and especially my mum has told me from day one if I play well and don’t worry about anything else, then it will all take care of itself.”
Chris Hughton admitted Norwich’s soft centre again contributed to their downfall as Luis Suarez inspired Liverpool to a 5-1 Premier League win on Wednesday night at Anfield.