International round-up: Norwich City’s Nathan Redmond helps England U21s to victory over USA U23s

England's Nathan Redmond (front) and USA's Alonso Hernandez battle for the ball during the Under-21

England's Nathan Redmond (front) and USA's Alonso Hernandez battle for the ball during the Under-21 international friendly at Deepdale, Preston. Picture: Nigel French/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Norwich City wideman Nathan Redmond played for 61 minutes as England Under-21s beat USA Under-23s 1-0 in a friendly at Deepdale last night.

After dominating much of the game without managing to make a breakthrough, it took a 72nd minute goal from substitute James Wilson to settle the contest.

Former Canaries academy goalkeeper Angus Gunn also made his under-21 debut for the Young Lions. The highly rated Norfolk-born keeper, the son of Norwich legend Bryan, came on in the 61st minute and helped keep hold of a clean sheet.

International action also got under way for City midfielder Alex Tettey, who played the full match as Norway won 1-0 in Bulgaria in a Euro 2016 qualifier.

Tettey's team now look likely to qualify for the play-offs in third place in Group F behind Croatia and Italy. If they are to force their way into the top two and automatic qualification they must beat group leaders Croatia in Oslo on Monday.

There in more international action tonight, with Canaries defenders Russell Martin and Steven Whittaker hoping to feature for Scotland as they continue their Group D campaign in Georgia (5pm UK time).

Gordon Strachan's side are well place to finish third also but are still close behind Poland and Germany so need to win to keep their hopes of automatic qualification alive – with group leaders Poland heading to Glasgow on Tuesday.

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Wes Hoolahan and Robbie Brady are also likely to be in action in Group D this evening, with the Republic of Ireland needing an emphatic win away at group minnows Gibraltar (7.45pm) to maintain their slim qualification chances.

Martin O'Neill's side then host Georgia in Dublin on Tuesday night.

Kyle Lafferty is away with Northern Ireland, who look on course to qualify from Group F and can guarantee at least a play-off place with victory in the Faroe Islands tonight (7.45pm).

If Lafferty and his team-mates do win tonight then another victory when Hungary visit Belfast on Tuesday night would secure qualification for the finals in France next summer.

City midfielder Louis Thompson is also in the Wales Under-21 squad for an U21 European Championship qualifier in Luxembourg this evening (5.30pm).