Mixed fortunes for Norwich City duo Nathan Redmond and Josh Murphy on England duty
21:41 26 May 2014
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Norwich City’s young England starlets Nathan Redmond and Josh Murphy suffered mixed fortunes on duty for the Young Lions on Monday night.
Murphy was part of Noel Blake’s Under-19s who came from behind to beat their Scottish counterparts 2-1 to move within a point of qualifying for the finals of the Uefa under-19 European Championships in July.
Redmond, however, was unable to repeat his recent goalscoring heroics as Gareth Southgate’s under-20s lost 2-1 to Brazil’s under-20s in a top-of-the-table shoot out in group B of the prestigious Toulon tournament.
Both youngsters look set to have a major role in the Canaries’ bid to bounce back to the Premier League at the first attempt next season with new boss Neil Adams committed to blooding his raw talent.
Murphy played 85 minutes for Blake’s side, who moved top of their qualifying section with a second consecutive pool win that leaves them needing a point against Ukraine’s under-19s in their final outing at Burton on Thursday to guarantee a spot in the finals, to be held in Hungary this summer. Chelsea’s Lewis Baker struck a late brace to cancel out John Souttar’s opener for the Scots.
Redmond played the full 90 minutes in France after being restored to Southgate’s starting line up following his hat-trick last week to sink the Welsh in a Uefa under-21 European Championship qualifier.
The wide player struggled to make the same impression against the slick Brazilians, who included the likes of Paris Saint-German’s precocious centre-back Marquinhos who has been linked with a summer move to Spanish giants Barcelona.
Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse grabbed a late consolation with a stunning free kick but Southgate could only rue two self-inflicted blows from his side.
“We knew there wouldn’t be much to choose between them two sides and these type of games hinge on a moment of magic or a mistake and we made two,” he said. “That is uncharacteristic of us but sometimes the tension produces that. We had to live through that to understand what it is all about. We knew the size of the test beforehand and Brazil have proved they are one of the best teams we can face at this level.
“I would hope that our lads now go away and feel ‘what is there to fear?’ in the future. We seemed to pick it up after going a goal down when the pressure was relieved, but you need that from the first minute. Until you experience that it is difficult to comprehend. That is the reason we have come to this tournament. You need to build up that knowledge.”
Redmond’s charges must now look to win their remaining pool games against South Korea and Colombia later this week and rely on a stumble from the Brazilians against Qatar to progress to the final.