Norwich City midfielder Nathan Redmond is a role model for England Under-21s squad after latest call-up
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Norwich City midfielder Nathan Redmond has been included in England's Under-21s squad for upcoming Uefa U21 European Championship qualifiers against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Switzerland - and the City midfielder is being held up as a shining light by Young Lions' chief Gareth Southgate.
Redmond is the most experienced member of Southgate's current crop with 25 caps at this level as well as a Premier League regular for the Canaries, something Southgate feels is holding back the likes of Southampton's James Ward-Prowse and Arsenal's Calum Chambers.
'Last weekend only five of these boys started for their clubs, so that's a definite concern,' he said. 'In fairness, a few have been playing regularly, they just didn't start at the weekend, and we have two or three injuries now, and four with the seniors who could be eligible for us. That's the nature of the Premier League at the moment. It's a concern for Roy (Hodgson) more than it is for me because the pool of players he's selecting from just seems to be getting smaller and smaller.
'For Roy, particularly, the lack of English players in the Champions League is a concern. It's interesting that we've got two boys on loan in Holland, playing in their top flight. Last week they played against Ajax which is fantastic experience.
'What will be exciting is that definitely in defence, we'll have a couple who haven't played for us before (Everton's Galloway and Tyias Browning), and it's great to see how they'll adjust to that because there's potential.'