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Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Norwich City’s teenage midfielder Nathan Redmond impressed England boss Roy Hodgson after the senior boss saw first hand the Three Lions’ emerging talent destroy Scotland’s Under-21s 6-0 at Bramall Lane on Tuesday night.
Redmond opened the scoring and was heavily involved throughout a 60-minute cameo in a man-of-the-match display as the hosts cruised to a comforable friendly win with Raheem Sterling, Connor Wickham, Ross Barkley, Jonjo Shelvey and Tom Carroll also on target. And afterwards, Hodgson - in charge of the Young Lions on a one-off basis while the search continues for a permanent successor to Stuart Pearce - made clear his enthusiasm for the display he had just overseen. Asked if he felt some of those who had played might have a chance of being involved in the next senior friendly, Hodgson said: “Without a shadow of a doubt. They really did take their chances with both hands, and a lot of those players would certainly not be out of place in the senior team.”
Sterling and Shelvey have already been handed senior caps in the past by Hodgson and they were joined in the squad by several players from the group who lost all three of their games at June’s European Championship in Israel under Pearce and the England Under-20s party that managed just two points from their three matches at the World Cup in Turkey this summer.
As a consequence of the two disappointing campaigns, there have been plenty of questions asked about the development of young English players of late. Hodgson feels the way in which the Under-21s swept to victory - against a Scotland side who looked capable of putting up little resistance - sent a defiant message to those who have criticised the youth set-up.
“Certainly it has put the statements that English football has no talented players, and that we have nothing coming through, to bed,” he said. “Hopefully a lot of people who have made the bold statements will have seen the performances and they will struggle to tell me that some of those boys out there have got no future, no technique and no ability.”
Scotland Under-21s boss Billy Stark admitted his side were totally outclassed, saying: “It was a chastening experience. I have been in football long enough to know that however you approach a game, you can never be absolutely sure. But I never saw that coming.”