Nathan Redmond believes England Under-21s will get better as Euros go along
believes England Under-21s will only get stronger as the Euro Finals progress, following their opening match reverse against Italy in Israel.
Lorenzo Insigne’s late free-kick ensured Italy triumphed 1-0 against Stuart Pearce’s men in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, although captain Jordan Henderson came close to rescuing a point with a last-gasp free-kick of his own.
And Craig Dawson was unfortunate to have a goal ruled out in the second half, so Redmond is taking the positives from the match with two Group A games still to be played.
"We didn't really put them on the back foot like we can and we should have used the pace that we have up top and move the ball a bit better, but as the tournament goes on we'll get better and better," said the 19-year-old.
"Getting six points from the next two games is the main aim. We're just going to re-group as a whole, go over the game, bury it and move on to the next game and prepare for Norway.
"We’re trying to get the maximum points out of the next couple of games so we’ll just see what happens.
"I think that going on in the tournament, we will just get stronger.”
Redmond has also backed fellow winger Wilf Zaha to inflict some damage upon Norway and Israel in the next two games as England aim to reach the last four of the competition.
Head Coach Pearce did not use new Manchester United recruit Zaha, who has suffered from ankle problems in recent weeks, and Redmond feels the former Crystal Palace man could prove to be deadly in their next two fixtures.
He added: “He’s a massive player, but if you’re in and around the dressing room you know that England is about every man playing for the team.
“Wilf is a fantastic talent – you can see after the season he’s had – and he was a bit of a miss, but I think hopefully if we get him fit for the next couple of games he’ll be back, ready to cause some damage."
Birmingham City starlet Redmond enhanced his growing reputation with an impressive display on his Under-21s debut and was pleased with the way he performed.
The former U17 and U19 winger added: “I think I had a good debut. I tried to keep my mind as focused as possible and go into the game with a clear head and just enjoy the occasion.
“I wanted to do well for the team, and unfortunately we didn’t get the result we wanted. But as a whole, with my performance, I think I did well.”
I tried to exploit the space in behind, we'd done a bit of work on them. I want to get the ball to feet and do what I'm good at."
England captain Jordan Henderson also praised Redmond after he made an impressive first appearance for Pearce's side after coming into the squad as a replacement for Andros Townsend.
"He was brilliant, he got on the ball and was taking players on," said the Liverpool midfielder. "He was a real threat for us. Hopefully he can carry that on in the next game."