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Ravel Morrison praised by Southgate

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Ravel Morrison has experienced a stop-start career to-date, but England U21 manager Gareth Southgate has insisted that he has faith in the former Manchester United player.

After a successful campaign on-loan at Birmingham City last season, Morrison broke into the West Ham team this season and went on to play 16 times under Sam Allardyce and score three goals, including a spectacular individual goal in the 3-0 win against Tottenham in October.

But after picking up an injury, the 21-year-old struggled for first-team action and recently made the temporary switch to Harry Redknapp's Queens Park Rangers, something Southgate has publicly backed.

"I don't think it is a massive negative to be dropping back down into the Championship, if he is getting regular football," he told the FA.com.

"He possibly didn't think he would play as much Premier League football as he did - I think that is part of the process of development.

"I think for players of that age, they are going to have that path where there is a high and a dip.

"I have had brief chats with him during the last couple of months and what is most pleasing is he was desperate to come and meet up."

Morrison has had no shortage of controversy during his short career and after Sir Alex Ferguson finally gave up on the youngster and allowed him to make the moved to East London in 2012, it was expected that he would kickstart his career.

Despite the latest setback, the former Middlesborough boss is hopeful that Morrison can prove the doubters wrong.

"He is a player who, because of the things he is able to do, will always attract a lot of attention," he added.

"This is a little challenge for him but he has the ability to be successful.

"That is something about which I want to speak to him over the next couple of days in more detail, but I think he is someone who wants to play football.

"He is at his happiest when he is on the training ground and in the team.

"If he is not, then that is a big part of his life that is missing."

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