England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate is pleased to see Ravel Morrison enjoying his football having had his temperament questioned in the past.

The 20-year-old West Ham starlet has delivered a string of dazzling performances this season, netting four goals including a goal-of-the-season contender in the Hammers' 3-0 win at White Hart Lane.

The youngster had his attitude questioned on numerous occasions as a youth player at Manchester United, and Southgate - appointed as Under-21 manager in August - is happy to see the prospect finally enjoying his football.

"It's just great to see a young lad enjoying himself," Southgate is quoted as saying on fourfourtwo.com.

"I loved his comments this week when he said that he'd been reading lots of good things about himself and that must be great for him."

Southgate also praises West Ham for the work they are doing with the attacker, and the trust they are instilling in the former Birmingham loanee.

"There are lots of good people at West Ham that have got him in a good place and I think it's now for us to create an environment for him here where he can express himself and feel comfortable and able to trust the people that are around him," added the former Middlesbrough manager.

"Young people make such massive leaps and progression at this age and he's clearly doing that at the moment."

As a troubled youngster Morrison has been in trouble with the FA several times over comments on social media, while in 2011 he was fined after admitting to two counts of witness intimidation before being convicted of criminal damage.

Southgate is well aware of the player's troubled history having followed his progress in the past, and the former Boro chief has spoken to Sam Allardyce about the prospect's behaviour.

"I was always very aware of Ravel coming through the England junior teams and I've spoken to Sam Allardyce at lengths about his progress," he concluded.

Morrison will link up with Southgate on national duty when he faces San Marino and Lithuania for the U21s.

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