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Blues pair on England duty

Posted: Fri 22 Mar 2013

Nathan Redmond in action for England U19s

Image by: PA Photos

Nathan Redmond was in action for England U19s last night, with Jack Butland turning out for the U21s

Redmond played 55 minutes for his side in their 1-0 friendly win against Turkey at AFC Telford. 

The only goal of the game was scored in the first half by Southampton’s Calum Chambers.

U19s coach Noel Blake was generally satisfied with his side's performance, but felt they could have won by a larger margin.

"I thought we started a little bit hesitantly in the first five minutes or so, but once we found our feet in the game, we looked more likely to score and were more threatening," Blake told FATV.
“I liked the way we played at times and it wasn’t easy on the surface, but as the game wore on I thought we got better and looked more cohesive and decisive in our passing.
“We got a good goal from Calum and if I’m honest, I’m probably disappointed that we didn’t get more. I felt we should have scored at least another two goals.”

Meanwhile loanee keeper Jack Butland played 87 minutes for England U21s in their 3-0 victory over Romania at Wycombe Wanderers’ Adams Park.

The goals came courtesy of Wilfried Zaha, Jack Robinson and Nathan Delfouneso.

The result meant that Stuart Pearce's Young Lions side extended their unbeaten run to eight games and 16 months.