Men's Under 21s
Men's Under 21s

Vauxhall England Under-21 Player of the Year award goes to Nathan Redmond

Southampton winger rewarded for strong year as he pips club-mate James Ward-Prowse to prize

Monday 30 Jan 2017
Redmond collected his award from a Vauxhall representative

Nathan Redmond has picked up the Vauxhall England Under-21 Player of the Year award for 2016.

With 32% of votes from England Supporters Club members, the Southampton winger saw off competition from club-mate James Ward-Prowse (25%) and Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek (12%).

The 22-year-old was a crucial part of the Young Lions squad that won 2016's Toulon Tournament. He also helped the team to reach the 2017 European Under-21 Championship finals with an unbeaten qualifying record.

"I’m delighted," said Redmond, who was presented his prize at Southampton's training ground by a Vauxhall representative.

"It’s a great honour and achievement to pick it up. I was up against some other worthy winners, so I don’t think words can describe how good of an achievement it is.

"I’m so thankful to the people that voted for me, and also to the other boys in that Under-21 squad for the past couple of campaigns. I wouldn’t have been able to achieve the levels I’ve been playing at if it wasn’t for the standard of players there.

"A massive shout-out and thank you to everyone who voted, as well as the team-mates and staff I’ve worked with."  Next up for Redmond and his Under-21 team-mates are trips to Germany and Norway in March, as preparations for this summer's Euro finals continue.

By Jim Lucas