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Nathan sees England hopes ended

Posted: Mon 10 Jun 2013

Nathan Redmond in action for England

Image by: PA Photos

Nathan Redmond's hopes of making progress with England in the European Under-21 Championships were dashed as the Young Lions were easily beaten by Norway.

The 3-1 defeat on Saturday in Israel, meant that Stuart Pearce's side became the first side to be eliminated from the Championships. They had previously lost their opening group game 1-0 to Italy.

Blues winger Redmond, who was making just his second start for the 21s age group, played 67 minutes against Norway before being replaced by Jonjo Shelvey.

England were made to pay for some extremely poor defending at the Ha Moshava Stadium.

Although he was naturally disappointed to see his England side bow out, Redmond was able to take some positives from making the step-up to the higher age group.

"I'm just disappointed. I felt we dominated the game but never punished them," Redmond told Sky Sports.

"This has been a positive experience but I really wanted to be a part of something that was looking to go on and do really well in this tournament.

"I know that the track record for the under-21s in the two years leading up to this has been unreal. They've played really well, they've barely conceded, and they've scored lots of goals.

"The standard of players here have helped me up my game and given me positivity but in all, right after the game, I've got those after-thoughts where I'm just disappointed for the lads."

The Young Lions now face hosts Israel in the final Group A game on Tuesday, with just pride at stake.