International watch: Norwich City winger Nathan Redmond scores winner for England Under-21s

England's Nathan Redmond fires a shot during the 2015 UEFA European U21 Championship Qualifying, Group One match at the iPRO Stadium, Derby. Picture: Richard Sellers/PA Wire England's Nathan Redmond fires a shot during the 2015 UEFA European U21 Championship Qualifying, Group One match at the iPRO Stadium, Derby. Picture: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
7:02 PM

Norwich City winger Nathan Redmond scored and played the full 90 minutes for the England Under-21s in a 1-0 UEFA European Under-21 Championships qualifying victory against Wales tonight.

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England's Nathan Redmond celebrates England's opening goal during the 2015 UEFA European U21 Championship Qualifying, Group One match at the iPRO Stadium, Derby. Picture: Richard Sellers/PA WireEngland's Nathan Redmond celebrates England's opening goal during the 2015 UEFA European U21 Championship Qualifying, Group One match at the iPRO Stadium, Derby. Picture: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

Redmond started in a strong team alongside the likes of goalkeeper Jack Butland (on loan at Leeds United from Stoke City), midfielders Ravel Morrison (on loan at QPR from West Ham) and James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) and striker Saido Berahino (West Brom).

The match was a 6pm kick-off at Derby County’s iPro Stadium and was still 0-0 at the break, with Redmond firing wide after a good pass from Jack Robinson in the 37th minute.

But the City youngster, who turns 20 tomorrow, opened the scoring for Gareth Southgate’s side after going past three Wales players and firing a low shot from the edge of the area in the 56th minute.

It was his second goal for the Under-21s, as he received his ninth cap at that level.

At senior level, Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy was not handed a chance to impress England boss Roy Hodgson in tonight’s 1-0 friendly win against Denmark at Wembley, with Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge scoring in the 82nd minute.

The City number one was on the substitutes bench alongside the two other goalkeepers in the inflated 30-man squad, Ben Foster of West Brom and former Canaries loanee Fraser Forster, now at Celtic, as undisputed number one Joe Hart started the match.

There was better news for two other City players though, with Wes Hoolahan and Russell Martin both starting for their countries.

Hoolahan started for the Republic of Ireland in a 2-1 friendly loss against Serbia at the Aviva Stadium, with Anthony Pilkington coming off the bench to replace his Norwich team-mate in the 61st minute, winning his third cap for his adopted country.

Martin played the full 90 minutes for Scotland in a 1-0 friendly win in Poland, with City team-mate Steven Whittaker an unused substitute. Canaries winger Robert Snodgrass pulled out of the squad after picking up a wrist injury in the 4-1 loss at Aston Villa on Sunday.

City’s on-loan striker Johan Elmander came off the bench for Sweden at half-time during their 2-1 friendly defeat in Turkey, with Norwich team-mate Martin Olsson having pulled out to protect a troublesome shoulder.

Another of the City players to see action was central midfielder Alexander Tettey, who came on as a half-time substitute for Norway in their friendly in the Czech Republic.

The Ghanian-born midfielder helped Norway come back from 2-1 down at half-time to draw 2-2, with former Blackburn Rovers winger Morten Gamst Pedersen scoring an 88th-minute equaliser.

Elsewhere, young Canaries winger Josh Murphy was also in action, for the England Under-19s. The 19-year-old started a 3-0 win against Turkey at the Chester Swansway Stadium.

Young Canaries midfielder Cameron McGeehan, on loan at Skrill Premier leaders Luton Town, also started for the Republic of Ireland Under-21s in a qualifier against Italy earlier today.

McGeehan made his full debut for the Ireland U21s and played 62 minutes of a 2-0 defeat to the young Italians at Mourneview Park, the home of County Armagh side Glenavon.

12 comments

  • Di Nathan play on the left I wonder and most importantly for the Norwich management, it's all very well scoring goals but how well did he defend?

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    waclor

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • No I dont recognise it, for us he plays on the left and blasts wide and over for us

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    Jimhow

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Well done Nathan, now take the goal scoring touch into Saturdays game and all will be fine. Lets also hope all the other lads came back fully fit.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Nates & Snods have scored two league goals that way this season, sharky. Loadsa!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • No I dont recognise it, for us he plays on the left and blasts wide and over for us

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    Jimhow

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Mad Brewer. Again sorry for cheap shot on last post. (Minä olen hyvin anteeksi.)

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    User Removed

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • I would have expected him to play well. He ought to have turned up as fresh as a daisy judging by the amount of effort he expended on Sunday which was practically zero! Although he did wave his arms about whilst blaming everyone else for his first touch on several occasions on Sunday which can be quite tiring I guess? We all know where his priorities lie don't we.

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    baguio

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Nathan looked a full international in the making. To achieve that he will need to be playing regularly in Prem League guided by a first class attack minded coach. Over to you CH.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Lets hope he can now take his goal scoring skills into the game on Saturday, but moe importantly I hope all of the lads come back injury free.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • I was thinking the same things, waclor & LincsCan. As is often the case, the headline belies the content and there is sweet FA about Nathan in the piece. I was shocked and horrified to discover that Ruddy was only on the bench for the senior Team... FINN.BLUE, you are forgiven! I was just a tad disappointed that a normally urbane, though self-confessed Ipswich fan had yielded to that temptation. I have had a lot of flack\abuse from Naaaridge funda-mentalists in the past for daring to converse civilly with opposing fans, eg Brum, and Aston V`s regular contributor, Monkey Nuts. So that`s why I had a swipe at you! I felt let down (cue much sobbing, wailing, beating of hair and tearing of breasts). Any road up, I assume your passing greeting is in the Finnish subset of Finno-Ugric but, alas, I can only guess at its meaning without finding a Finnish Dictionary! I think I got the gist of it, though. Fine fellow for coming on to the board to make peace. Respect.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • He played on the left and scored with his right. Recognise that anyone?

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    sharky

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Well I think it is great news, well done Nathan.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

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