Norwich City‘s Nathan Redmond looking to advance with England Under-21s
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Norwich City star Nathan Redmond will be hoping to continue the feelgood factor surrounding England football teams tonight.
Redmond has proved to be one of the most important players for Under-21s, who tackle Italy in a vital European Championship tie with victory guaranteeing a place in the semi-finals.
But while it's a tough ask, the country is on something of a footballing high.
Roy Hodgson's senior team have just finished a season unbeaten and the women's team have made history by winning their first ever World Cup knockout stage match.
And Norwich man Keith Webb is in charge of the England team hoping to qualify for next year's Paralympics by getting through the Cerebral Palsy World Championships – which are currently taking place at St George's Park.
Redmond has starred for the Under-21s, but coach Gareth Southgate has told his players they need to improve if they are to progress. This is the Young Lions' fifth successive appearance at the finals, but they have exited the previous two editions at the group-stage juncture.
'You've got to earn everything that you get,' he said.
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'We've got to look at have we created enough clear-cut openings because I don't think we've missed glaring chances at all.
'We have got to make sure the service is right, got to make sure that although we want to dominate progression and dictate games that we're not toothless at the end of it.
'How do we get better? Because we will have to be better and that's what we've discussed over the last 24 hours or so.'