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Norwich City winger Nathan Redmond scores hat-trick for England Under-21s

Nathan Redmond of England scores his hat trick goal during the 2015 UEFA Under 21 Championship Qualifying, Group One match against Wales at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. Picture: Scott Heavey/PA Wire Nathan Redmond of England scores his hat trick goal during the 2015 UEFA Under 21 Championship Qualifying, Group One match against Wales at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. Picture: Scott Heavey/PA Wire

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
8:48 AM

Norwich City winger Nathan Redmond tormented Wales for the second time this season last night as England took another giant stride towards next year’s UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals with a 3-1 victory.

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The runaway Group One leaders moved nine points clear of second-placed Moldova, who have three games left and hold a vastly inferior goal difference, after Redmond – in his first action since City’s relegation was confirmed - fired a hat-trick, although his third goal appeared to go in after brushing team-mate Saldo Berahino.

The 20-year-old’s Liberty Stadium treble came less than three months after he scored the only goal when England beat Wales in Derby.

And it left Wales with little chance of progressing into the play-offs, despite Gwion Edwards breaching England’s defence to draw his team level just two minutes after Redmond put England ahead. It was a rare goal for England to concede during manager Gareth Southgate’s reign, but they went on to dominate proceedings as Redmond scored his second before hitting a post midway through the second half and then completing his hat-trick through an angled strike in stoppage time.

England made a bright start, controlling possession and territory to create chances in the opening 10 minutes for Tom Ince, Danny Ings, Jesse Lingard and Redmond as Wales received ominous early warning signs about the quality of Southgate’s team. An immaculate playing surface was made even slicker by occasional showers and that perfectly suited England’s impressive passing game, with Wales finding themselves stretched on both flanks.

And the deadlock was broken after 18 minutes when Redmond ran a retreating Wales defence ragged, cutting inside from a wide position and shooting past Wales goalkeeper Connor Roberts at his near post.

But Wales responded superbly and, after Bristol City striker Wes Burns saw a shot saved by England captain Jack Butland, the home side drew level just two minutes after Redmond’s strike when Edwards pounced from a corner. The Swansea player rose high above England defenders to power a header beyond Butland as the visitors conceded only a second goal from eight starts in their European qualifying pool.

England were unquestionably rattled by Wales’ recovery and Butland was soon called upon to make another save after Lloyd Isgrove homed in on goal.

Both sides put a clear emphasis on attack, with England going close to regaining the lead through Ings and Lingard, but they were denied by Roberts, who then turned away a powerful Luke Garbutt shot.

Redmond, though, proved England’s inspiration again seven minutes before half-time when he restored their advantage after firing past Roberts from outside the box.

The second half, much of it accompanied by torrential downpours, saw England tighten their grip as Roberts was kept busy stopping a number of short and long-range efforts, while substitute Berahino slid a good chance wide.

Wales offered little in comparison, often being outmuscled and overpowered in midfield, where Lingard proved a dominant force, although Southgate would have been disappointed that his players did not convert more than two of the numerous chances they created.

It was a relatively quiet night in defence, though, with Butland not troubled during a second period when his only worthwhile piece of action was to collect a harmless Wales corner, and Redmond had the final say with a goal that confirmed another three-point haul.

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11 comments

  • Personally I would like to see him groomed into a 'Gareth Bale' type role, running through the middle at some tired old centre halves. He would be more effective there than down the wing, and I think we saw that in the goals he scored last night.

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    Chris

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Do NOT let this man go!!! Get the coaches needed to spur him into the top-class footballer he can be! Can't wait to see what kind of footie we will play next season... OTBC!

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    Norwegian Canary

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Just more evidence of Hughtons incompetence in tactics and other matters football related.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • I hope I'm wrong but I get a feeling his head will get turned and someone will come in with an offer we can't refuse....

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    GossVolley

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Blimey, Dubya, I`m ahead of you in the Sunny Optimism Stakes. What is occurring? Are you OK? ;-) Btw, Sky Sport has it that Malky will "probably" be revealed as our new manager ere long. We`ll see.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Spot on, Chris. Nathan unshackled. Gives hope for our strikers next season. Let`s hope Nates stays (under contract). Let`s hope, also, that nobody egests that old "He`s going nowhere" stuff..... Kiss of Death.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Lets not get too excited......Reds is a great young prospect no doubt, but, there is a BIG difference between Wales U21 and the Premier League ! Let us hope that he and other young players like Ryan & Elliot Bennett and the Murphy Bros start to find their place in the First Team and make a big push to get back into the PL next season.

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • Just goes to prove that we DO have talent at our club, and if only we had had a decent coaching team in place last season who could have used, and developed that, then we would still be in the Premiership.

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    Chris

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • 3 years on his contract, if someone wants him then they are going to have to pay. Big time.

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    Steady On

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • This serves only to confirm his undoubted talent, but what a pity he could not have done something similar against (say) WBA or Fulham.

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    ScotCan

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

  • He'll probably be off then!

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    Powers1902

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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