Norwich City winger Nathan Redmond helps replicate success of 1994 future England stars
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Norwich City winger Nathan Redmond has followed in the footsteps of some high-calibre players in helping England win the prestigious Toulon tournament, for the first time in 22 years.
The Canaries star played a key role as Gareth Southgate's under-21 side won all five of their games to lift the trophy in the south of France on Sunday evening.
Redmond scored goals in a 7-1 win over Guinea U23s and a 4-0 win over Paraguay U23s in the pool stages, as well as setting up Ruben Loftus-Cheek for the Young Lions' second goal in a 2-1 win over France in the final.
The victory saw England lift the trophy for the first time since a 1994 team which featured future senior stars including Sol Campbell, Trevor Sinclair, Jamie Redknapp and Robbie Fowler.
Having won nine of their 11 matches this season, Southgate was pleased to see his team secure a notable success, after exiting last summer's European U21 Championships in the Czech Republic at the group stage.
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'It's been a difficult year for us because we've lost so many players through injury and up to the senior team, so it's been difficult to get stability in the group,' Southgate said.
'So what has pleased me with this trip is how much they've learned and how much they've come together.
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'They've embraced everything that we've tried to do and this win should give them confidence both collectively and individually.
'People talk about spirit, but it's what you do on the pitch and we showed it on the pitch.'
Redmond won player of the tournament in Prague last summer but it was Chelsea's Loftus-Cheek taking the honour this time, with the Canaries attacker now one of the oldest players in the squad.
The 22-year-old has a total of 29 caps at U21 level, scoring nine goals, and an overall total of 68 caps at England youth levels since making his U16 debut.
Just five players have won more U21 caps than Redmond, with Liverpool's James Milner having picked up 46 to lead by a long way.
With the Birmingham City academy graduate having already been strongly linked with a host of Premier League clubs since City's relegation to the Championship, it remains to be seen if Canaries supporters will again see him in a Norwich shirt again.
'I think it's a day that we'll never forget and for me it's been my best achievement so far,' U21s skipper James Ward-Prowse told FATV.
'And, collectively as a team, it's a positive sign and it can act as a real springboard now for us to kick-on and head towards next summer (European U21 Championship in Poland).
'It's been a good and successful two weeks, as we've won but as a group we have bonded really well.'
Norfolk-born goalkeeper Angus Gunn was also part of the squad, with the son of Canaries legend Bryan winning his first two caps at U21 level.