Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Friday, March 7, 2014
Nathan Redmond’s match-winning exploits for England’s Under-21s is good news for Norwich City.
Canaries boss Chris Hughton believes Redmond, who turned 20 on Thursday, will return to Colney buoyed by his impressive midweek display capped by a fine long-range strike to seal a European Championship under-21 qualifying 1-0 win over Wales. Redmond was one of eight City players on international duty and Hughton insists that underlines the quality at his disposal.
“That will give Nathan a major lift. He is a young player who is heading in the right direction and gaining valuable Premier League experience,” said Hughton. “I have no doubts those experiences this season have put him in good stead to achieve what he did this week for his country – not just his goal but in terms of a good performance. That will help his development. If we had a choice we would still rather see more of our players involved internationally than not because they are gaining valuable experience and it adds to their overall quality.”
Redmond knows he now has to focus on club matters for the Premier League finale after a starring cameo for Gareth Southgate’s Young Lions.
“I have to give my all at the club now. It’s a tough league but I have to be fit and ready for the manager to select me,” he told the FA’s official site. “We got the win and that is the most important thing. The space opened up to hit a shot and luckily it went in. I’m always happy to be involved.
“I missed out on the last squad through injury but it was good to be back. I think we wanted to dominate them a bit more in the attacking areas of the pitch.
“We could have been a bit more penetrative instead of picking too many sideways passes and we could have done things a little bit quicker.”