Norwich City’s Wembley hero Nathan Redmond bidding for European Championship glory
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Norwich City midfielder Nathan Redmond aims to cap a stellar season by spearheading the England Under-21s' bid for European Championship glory.
Redmond sealed the Canaries' Championship promotion with a clinical goal in the 2-0 Wembley play-off final win over Middlesbrough, but the 21-year-old will return to work on Tuesday when he links up with the Young Lions at St George's Park.
The City flyer is set for a leading role as Gareth Southgate's squad target European Championship success at the tournament in the Czech Republic, which begins on June 18.
Redmond insists England fear no-one with the likes of Tottenham's Harry Kane and West Brom's Saido Berahino also in Southgate's plans.
'I'm looking forward to it. It's been a long, two-year campaign and the thing is, there is a lot of young English talent in that age group that's got massive futures in the game,' he said. 'We've all got technical ability to play with, we've all got the heart and the passion, and we want to win. I was involved in 2013 Euros, which was my first Under-21s trip, and it just wasn't as much of a success as I thought it would be.
'I didn't think there would be so much media attention on it. I know that going into this one, and because there's no senior tournament this summer, there's going to be a lot of media attention and we've given ourselves a great chance with the games we've played this season.
'At home, we're a possession-based team, we move the ball well, we create chances and we create goals, and I think it's going to be an exciting summer.'
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Redmond is not the only Norwich player on international duty over the coming weeks. Scotland duo Steven Whittaker and Russell Martin face a crucial Euro2016 qualifier against Wes Hoolahan and the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on June 13. Norway's Alex Tettey and Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty are also set to be involved in qualifying action for their respective countries, but Sweden's Martin Olsson has been ruled out of a qualifier against Montenegro due to shoulder surgery on a long-standing injury.