Redmond eyes Euro 'rehearsal' against Brazil in Toulon

Sunday 25 May 2014
Nathan Redmond has been training hard ahead of the Brazil game
Nathan Redmond says Monday’s game with Brazil can be a perfect dress rehearsal for England Under-21s’ final Euro qualifiers next season.

The Three Lions take on the South Americans in their second game of the Toulon Tournament in France on Monday and know they will face a tough challenge from a talented, physical and robust side.

England v Brazil

The Toulon Tournament
6.30pm, Monday 26 May 2014
Stade Louis Hon, St. Raphael
Live on BT Sport

 


And after firing Gareth Southgate’s side to the verge of winning their Euro qualifying group with a hat-trick against Wales last week, Redmond knows that in the likely event of a play-off to reach next summer’s Finals in Czech Republic, England will be paired against a good team.

So with games still to come in Toulon against Brazil, Korea Republic and Colombia, the preparation for what may lie ahead starts here.

"We need all the practice and rehearsals that we can get for when it comes to the main thing,” explained the Norwich City man.

"So practising now, it’s a bit like a performance for a theatre, you get all the parts in and out and you work on the lighting in the team.

"And that’s how we prepare for the Euros next year."

Redmond was rested by Southgate for England’s opening win in Toulon against Qatar last week, but after almost a week of training in southern France, he is raring to go against Brazil.

Nathan Redmond trains in Toulon.

Redmond has been training hard to prepare for Brazil

 

And the 20-year-old can’t wait to get out and test himself against the nation which won last year’s Toulon Tournament and who have already won two games from two so far.

"It’s going to be an interesting one," he told TheFA.com.

"When we came to Toulon and looked at the fixtures in our group and saw Brazil, it was going to be the one that we looked forward to the most.

"We’re going to go out there and do what we’ve done all season, which is perform well and work hard as a team and hopefully come out with the points.

"Hopefully I can be involved and if I am, I’ll be delighted and I can crack on with my routine and get ready to put in a performance for England, but if I’m not starting then I’ll be ready on the bench and supporting the lads right from the off.

"The gaffer and [coach] Steve Holland let us know from the start that everyone is going to be playing a part, so whether you’re starting or on the bench, it’s a team effort and everyone is playing for the badge that’s on the front of the shirt."

Watch the full interview with Redmond in the media player above.

By Nicholas Veevers in Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, France