Norwich City and England U21 starlet Nathan Redmond has an old score to settle against Germany

Norwich City's midfielder Nathan Redmond is on England Under-21 duty against old rivals Germany's U2

Norwich City's midfielder Nathan Redmond is on England Under-21 duty against old rivals Germany's U21s on Monday night at the Riverside Stadium. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Norwich City midfielder Nathan Redmond has an old score to settle against Germany when he features for the England's Under-21s against their old foes at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium on Monday night (KO 7.45pm).

Gareth Southgate's Young Lions continue their preparations for this summer's Euro 2015 U21 Championships after beating the hosts, the Czech Republic, 1-0 in a friendly on Friday.

Redmond revealed ahead of the Riverside sell-out he was part of an England Under-17s squad, along with Raheem Sterling and Nathaniel Chalobah, that lost 3-2 to the Germans in the 2011 U17 World Cup tournament in Mexico.

'A lot of people class England versus Germany as one of the biggest international games in football,' he said. 'A lot of that is due to the senior games but I think it's important in the younger ages to get that hunger and desire to win. Germany qualified in the other group so it's a chance to test ourselves against the best of the best. We consider ourselves one of the top teams and Germany will also consider themselves one of the best, so for us to be battling it out on Monday night will be something to appreciate.'

'I played against them at the U17s World Cup and that was a fantastic experience, being away from home for four or five weeks in Mexico and we lost to them in the quarter-finals.

'They were a really good team, but we had a really good team also, with the likes of Raheem Sterling, Nick Powell, Nathaniel Chalobah and a few others. That was the only time I've come up against them, but unfortunately we were on the losing side and I'm hoping not to be on the losing side again.'

Redmond insists it is vital to play the top rank nations in readiness for this summer's tournament in the Czech Republic.

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'We've played Portugal and France, who were unlucky not to qualify, but it was a really good test away from home and while we lost 3-2 we learnt a lot about ourselves. Then we went away against Czech Republic and learnt a lot about ourselves so we know what to do when it comes to the Championships,' Redmond told the FA's official site. 'The closer the games have got to the Finals, we're looking more and more hungry.

'Each game is vitally important and each friendly is another test and another chance for us to go out, perform and scratch out any little niggles which we have in the team.

'I think the closer it gets, the more positive we're going to be and we're positive now, so when it comes to the Finals I think we'll be more than ready to go.'