Nathan Redmond happy to put holiday on hold for England

Tuesday 19 May 2015
Nathan Redmond scored six goal in 22 England U21s appearances

Nathan Redmond says is happy to miss out on a holiday every summer if it means he is involved with England.

The Norwich City winger is preparing for a trip to Wembley in the Championship play-off final on Monday 25 May. 

Following that many of his club team-mates will head for the beaches, but not Redmond. 

England v Belarus

U21 International 
7.45pm, Thursday 11 June 2015
Oakwell, Barnsley 
Live on BT Sport
Call 0871 2266777 for tickets

He is hoping to join Gareth Southgate’s England Under-21s at the European Championships in Czech Republic.

And the lack of downtime is not something that bothers him in the slightest.

"I haven't had much of a holiday for years, as I have been on international duty every year. I love playing football," said Redmond, who joined the Canaries from his hometown club Birmingham in July 2013.

"I have got great staff here [at Norwich] behind the scenes, especially the gaffer he let me know after the season is done here he will let me have some time off after the internationals.

"I will go away with England, after the play-off final and I will have to look after myself well and prepare myself for that, but I am excited by it."

Nathan Redmond played an integral part in Norwich's play-off win against Ipswich

The 21-year-old was one of the stars of the show for Norwich in the play-off semi-final second leg.

He scored one and set up another, as Alex Neil's side beat arch rivals Ipswich 3-1 at Carrow Road to book their Wembley date with Middlesbrough.

As well as being at the heart of Norwich's promotion bid, the 21-year-old has also played an integral part for Gareth Southgate's Young Lions as they qualified undefeated for the UEFA finals.

He has been a regular in the set-up since making his debut against Italy in June 2013.

In all, Redmond has made 22 appearances for the U21s and has six goals to his name.

Gareth Southgate’s side must get past Portugal, Sweden and Italy to make the latter stages of the tournament, with the final taking place on 30 June.

Nathan Redmond says as long as he is playing football his lack of holidays do not concern him

Before then, England take on Belarus in a warm-up game at Barnsley's Oakwell Stadium.

So as a busy summer awaits, Redmond knows opportunities to put his feet up could be few and far between – but it is something he is prepared for.

"I might perhaps get two or three weeks off,” he added. 

“But if it means me coming back earlier for pre-season which means we are preparing for the Premier League, then I will be straight back in."

Tickets for the game against Belarus cost just £10 for adults and £5 for children/concessions and are available via the Barnsley Box Office, online via or call 0871 2266777.

The game will be broadcast live on BT Sport as part of the broadcaster’s ongoing commitment to showcasing the England development teams.

By Jamie Reid Senior Writer