Norwich City’s Nathan Redmond has unfinished business on England U21 duty

Norwich City midfielder Nathan Redmond is set to be a key man for England U21s manager Gareth Southg

Norwich City midfielder Nathan Redmond is set to be a key man for England U21s manager Gareth Southgate in their Euro2015 play-off. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Nathan Redmond is determined to seize the moment and help fire England's Under-21s to next summer's Euro2015 finals ahead of Friday's play-off first leg test against Croatia's under-21s at Molineux.

The Norwich City wide player has played a key role in a successful qualifying campaign for Gareth Southgate's Young Lions, but that will count for nothing if they fail to overcome their Croatian counterparts in a two-legged duel over the coming days.

'We know it will be a tough game as Croatia finished top of their group and they have got some very good players,' he said. 'But if you look at our squad, we have got some very good options to and if we play as we know we can, we will get the goal that we want to achieve. Playing for your country is a big honour for everyone involved, so it's spurred us on. Now I want to qualify for these finals and come up against some of the best teams and win it. We are going to take everything we have done over the last 12 months.'

Southgate wants his squad to go out and entertain as well as prove they are too good for the Croatians.

'They're a group who have risen to every challenge that's been asked of them this year,' he said. 'They've worked really well together, played some really exciting football and learned an awful lot as well. I'm looking forward to seeing them play, they're a pleasure to work with and I like watching them play, with their style of play.

'They're good footballers and we're a team that likes to pass the ball. It's just a case of them producing that style of play in a slightly higher profile game now. Whatever happens over the next five or six days, this has been a year of great progress. I don't just want to win, unfortunately for them, I want to win playing the way we've played throughout the year so we're making it that bit harder.'

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• Norwich City's nine-strong international brigade is in action over the coming days

(Kick-offs 7:45pm unless stated)

• Thursday, October 9

Jacob Murphy, England Under-20s v Germany Under-20s, Four-nation tournament, KO 3:30pm

Martin Olsson, Sweden v Russia, Uefa Euro2016 qualifier (live on Skysports red button)

• Friday, October 10

Jamar Loza, Japan v Jamaica, friendly, KO 11:25am

Nathan Redmond, England Under-21s v Croatia Under-21s, Euro2015 play-off, first leg, KO 5:45pm (live BT Sport 1)

Alex Tettey, Malta v Norway, Uefa Euro2016 qualifier (live on Skysports red button)

• Saturday, October 11

Jacob Murphy, England Under-20s v Holland Under-20s, Four-nation tournament, KO 5pm

Russell Martin and Steven Whittaker, Scotland v Georgia, Uefa Euro2016 qualifier, KO 5pm (live on Skysports 5)

Wes Hoolahan, Republic of Ireland v Gibraltar, Uefa Euro2016 qualifier, KO 5pm (live on Skysports 3)

Kyle Lafferty, Northern Ireland v Faroe Islands, Uefa Euro2016 qualifier (live on Skysports 3)

• Sunday, October 12

Martin Olsson, Sweden v Liechtenstein, Uefa Euro2016 qualifier (live on Skysports red button)

• Monday, October 13

Jacob Murphy, England Under-20s v Turkey Under-20s, Four-nation tournament, KO 6pm

Alex Tettey, Norway v Bulgaria, Uefa Euro2016 qualifier (live on Skysports red button)

• Tuesday, October 14

Nathan Redmond, Croatia Under-21s v England Under-21s, Euro2015 play-off, second leg, KO 5pm (live BT Sport 1)

Russell Martin and Steven Whittaker, Poland v Scotland, Uefa Euro2016 qualifier (live on Skysports 1)

Kyle Lafferty, Greece v Northern Ireland, Uefa Euro2016 qualifier (live on Skysports 2)

Wes Hoolahan, Germany v Republic of Ireland, Uefa Euro2016 qualifier (live on Skysports 5)