England’s young stars ready to shine in Premier League – Nathan Redmond


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Fresh off winning the U20 World Cup, many are hoping England’s youngsters can kick on in the Premier League.

Nathan Redmond insists England’s young stars are ready to shine in the Premier League.

The England Under-21 winger believes they deserve a chance in the top flight after success this summer.

The Under-20s won the World Cup on Sunday while a mixed age group retained the Toulon Tournament title and the Under-17s were runners-up at the European Championships in May.

Aidy Boothroyd’s Under-21s side are preparing for Friday’s Euro 2017 opener against holders Sweden in Poland and Redmond wants age group success to be rewarded with Premier League starts.

“I hope so. You look at the bulk of this squad now, Jordan Pickford, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers and Tammy [Abraham] has had a wonderful season at Championship level at Bristol City,” said the Southampton man.

“Everyone is ready, it’s just being given the opportunity. A lot were ready beforehand. I’ve been playing football in the Championship or the Premier League for the last four or five years.

“I think a lot of people around me were ready for it but just weren’t given the opportunity. Now young English players are given the opportunity at Premier League level and Championship level.”

Nathan Redmond has reaped the rewards of playing regularly in the Premier League.

Sunderland’s Pickford is primed for a £30 million move to Everton while Holding helped Arsenal win the FA Cup and Alfie Mawson impressed in Swansea’s survival bid.

Redmond made his senior England debut against Germany in March after joining Southampton from Norwich for £10m last summer.

The 23-year-old has already made 255 appearances since his debut for Birmingham in 2010.

Redmond has reaped the rewards of playing regularly and feels the successes of the young England squads has put summer into sharper focus.

“We’re a bit more conscious of it. We’ve always had good young players through the development teams but you’re just seeing it now,” he said.

“Three, four or five years ago you were talking about England not having any good young players and now we’re seeing the Under-20s win, we won Toulon last year, the Under-19s have won it this year. The seniors are doing well, we’re doing well. You’re seeing it in bulk now.”

England have been in Kielce since Monday and also face Slovakia and hosts Poland in Group A next week.

It has been a relaxed but focused environment for the Young Lions and Redmond revealed watching dating show Love Island in their down time is the squad’s guilty pleasure.

He added: “Yeah, I reckon so! I managed to get it on the laptop so a few of the boys were round watching it. It’s another thing which keeps everyone together.

“We have games rooms and a lot of stuff to keep us occupied. A lot of the boys appreciate the downtime and chilling out. When you’ve got time to take your mind off football you take it.”

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