Nathan Redmond’s promotion to the England seniors can wait for Norwich City boss Chris Hughton
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Chris Hughton insists full England honours can wait for Norwich City's precocious teenage wide player Nathan Redmond.
The 19-year-old's match-winning strike against Southampton earned the Canaries a first Premier League win of the new campaign. Redmond has now linked up with Gareth Southgate's Young Lions ahead of Uefa Under-21 qualifiers against Moldova and Finland. Everton's Ross Barkley and Liverpool's Raheem Sterling have been fast-tracked into Roy Hodgson' senior plans for key World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine, but Hughton does not expect Redmond to make the same leap.
'If I look at the position Nathan plays there are a lot of very talented wide players available for England,' he said, 'I think both the club and himself are realistic on that front. He is now in the under-21s, which is two years above his age really, that is very good progress for him in terms of the international set-up.
'It wasn't easy to bring him here and that was credit to Nathan, his family and his representative. There was other clubs interested but he felt we offered him the right environment to progress his career.
'We brought him in for his offensive abilities and when you are young you don't tend to have as much fear in your game, but he realises he has to work both ways on the pitch because for a club like us we can come unstuck if he doesn't. He is the type of player supporters want to see and similar to Robert Snodgrass in respect of how they can take players on and show that individual flair, but we have to make sure we harness it.'
Redmond trained at the FA's St George's Park base yesterday for the first time under new boss Southgate who was in attendance at Carrow Road to see the 19-year-old's sparkling display against Southampton. Southgate also witnessed Redmond's goalscoring man-of-the-match outing in last month's 6-0 win over Scotland's under-21s at Bramall Lane and the new England under-21 chief believes he has inherited an exciting crop of young players.
'I was very impressed with the way they played, which is why I haven't made many changes to the squad that Roy picked,' he said. 'There's some exciting talent there, there's a certain style of football that I'd like to play and there are players in there that I think are capable of doing it. I'm sure the players will take confidence from the way that we played against Scotland and winning breeds a good spirit. But we'll face different challenges over the course of the next few weeks and I'm sure there will be harder tests than they faced in August.'
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Snodgrass and Redmond are part of a sizeable Norwich international contingent who left Norfolk buoyed by wins over Bury and the Saints.
'It would have been a long break if we had not got the positive result,' said Hughton. 'That is the difficulty of these international periods. If you win going into a break there is a nice feel that can stay with you for a while. If you haven't then it can be a tough one. You never want to get too worried at this stage of the season but I think it is fair to say after the Hull game there was a little bit more urgency to get the first (league) win.
'We wouldn't have got carried away if the result had not gone for us because it is still very early on in the season. We had to wait seven games last season and we had to wait until our eighth game to pick up that first win.
'Carrow Road has to be a difficult place to come. We are in a group of teams that are going to be up and down and we will find it a little more difficult away from home. I don't think we could have asked for a better reaction. A lot of them haven't got a two-week break but the ones staying here we'll look after them and we hope the international boys come back in one piece.'