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Injured Norwich City midfielder Nathan Redmond pulls out of England Under-21 duty

11:29 17 March 2016

Norwich City midfielder Nathan Redmond has had to pull out of England

Norwich City midfielder Nathan Redmond has had to pull out of England's U21s squad with an ankle injury. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City midfielder Nathan Redmond has had to pull out of the England Under-21s set-up with the ankle injury he suffered against Manchester City that also rules him out of the Canaries’ crucial Premier League trip to West Brom.

City’s Premier League top scorer hobbled off in the closing stages of the opening half in last weekend’s 0-0 Carrow Road draw against the Citizens.

Alex Neil was hoping the midfielder had rolled his ankle but the Scot is expected to confirm the 22-year-old will miss Norwich’s upcoming survival battles at his pre-match press call on Friday afternoon, ahead of the trip to the Hawthorns.

Young Lions’ coach Gareth Southgate has revealed Redmond will not be available for next week’s Uefa European U21 Championship qualifier against Switzerland in Thun.

Redmond is a key figure for Southgate after featuring for the Young Lions at the finals of the last two European U21 Championships.

Southgate admits he has had to shuffle his pack for the upcoming tie with Redmond among a number of injury absentees. Leicester City’s highly-rated left-back Ben Chilwell gets his first call-up.

“This has been a different challenge. Over the last 18 months we have had a really settled squad,” Southgate told thefa.com on Thursday morning. “The first four camps of this campaign we have had a lot of new players to integrate, quite a few players who have stepped up to the first team and unfortunately we have lost quite a few players to injury.

“It’s an opportunity for new players but also quite a lot of work for us to do to get the harmony within the group. This in an important opportunity for us with Nathaniel Chalobah and Nathan Redmond missing through injury, it is an opportunity for the lads to come in and show us what they can do. Nathan Redmond has been a key player for us and he is out.”

England go into the away game in Switzerland on March 26 three points clear at the top of Group nine, halfway into their eight-game qualification campaign.

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11 comments

  • Not that big a deal really is it? He's been a bit-part player this season, although he's been looking a bit better of late. Always seems to save his best performances for the bigger teams, almost as if he's showcasing his talents. Or is that just me being cynical?

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    ncfcyellowman

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • Hope you're right, NMTD, but Alex seems to think Nates will miss "the upcoming survival battles". While he doesn't actually say how many, it seems to imply the 8 remaining games. Press conference this afternoon should make things clearer. I still have Roy Of The Rovers dreams about a couple of players suddenly hitting scoring form, as we do a "Leicester of last Season" and soar out of the drop zone. Phew... that bordered on the optimistic.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • This isn't the end of the season for Nathan. I'm sure of that. We'll see him for the finale. We do have suitable replacements too. A good opportunity for someone to step up and put in some decent performances. OTBC INIT

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    nevermindthedanger

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • As Pinto,or indeed Whittaker, in my opinion are pretty useful going forward but c..p defenders on the right hand side, it would appear there is plenty of good cover should Redmond not be fit. I thought that would have been a better choice of sub against man city instead of Dorrans, plus should we have nicked a goal, then we could have gone 5 at the back to see it out.

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    JOROBIT

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • Brady in a forward role would be the best replacement for Redmond,if he's fit.IMHO.If not,Jarvis.Olssen should keep his place.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

  • Surely the reason for Redmond's ineffectiveness is that he was told to defend the Norwich defender behind him who kept running past him?

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    Surrey Canary

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

  • Looks like el dingo was right and "Insider" Tommy was... not. No surprise there, Dingo's a grown-up. Tommy is... not. Shame for Norwich. Nates often flattered to deceive, but he must've been seen as a potential threat by the opposition.. And the Archant boys are only two days off the pace! Congrats. Uncle Stew is being naughty:- Stew, my comment about your Jack Adams photo was rejected (Reason: Other). Another day? Agree 100% with Rick. Carrow Road is THE graveyard of ambition. The definite article.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

  • Not just your opinion, Goldie, I can assure you. Like far too many of Norwich's players, he has underachieved . I really felt that, by now, he was going to be a certain starter in our first XI, knocking on Roy Hodgson's door, and attracting bids from big clubs for his signature. But, for whatever reason, it simply has not happened. We really have not been very good at bringing on young talent over the last 15 years . The worry that I'd have is that if and when we go down, it'll be an ideal opportunity for whoever is in charge to give the likes of the Murphys, Loza, Morris, Maddison etc a proper go, but our recent track record in such things is atrocious. As for Redmond himself....well no doubt there will be all sorts of hype about his quality, and whether he deserves to play for a top flight club, but , for me he is a long way yet from proving he is a Prem class operator.

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    Rick

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

  • …..What a wonderful opportunity for Whittaker to show his stuff on the right wing!…..

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

  • Only my opinion and probably no one else. But Redmond has always shone when playing for the 3 lions but in spite of being the top scorer for City has hardly ever shone for City. He is my biggest disappointment since City got into the Premiership.

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    goldie

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

  • According to the national press yesterday he's out for 6 weeks.

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    Rik O'Shea

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

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