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Is now the time for Nathan Redmond to make the step up to senior England Squad?

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Nathan Redmond has been the subject of much speculation recently regarding his international career.

Redmond has been away with the England under-21 squad this week and helped guide the young lions to a 1-0 victory over fellow European Championship qualifier rivals Norway last night.

In an interview with the Eastern Daily Press, Redmond said of his international hopes: "If you’re working hard back at your club and you’re working hard here (for England under 21's), I'm sure it won’t go unnoticed.”

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I would be very surprised if the 21-year-old winger hasn't already caught the attentions of senior England team manager Roy Hodgson, due to his outstanding contributions to the Norwich City side this season.

Redmond has become an integral part of Alex Neil's Canaries side, who gained promotion last season via the Championship play-offs. Redmond found the net in both of Norwich City's play-off games and has carried his scoring form into the Canaries Premiership campaign, having bagged two goals in this campaign already.

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Nathan Redmond's recent success hasn't only been driven from his ability to find the back of the net. Redmond has also demonstrated his ability to create goals having been accredited with 13 assists for Norwich City during the 2014-2015 Championship campaign.

I'm a firm believer that a player should progress through the international age groups, in order for the younger and less experienced lads to gain international tournament experience before they are thrown into the mass hysteria that surrounds the senior squad.

It also gives youngsters such as Nathan Redmond the opportunity to show the world what they are capable of. Redmond certainly achieved this when he was named in the UEFA under under-21 team of the tournament following England terrible campaign in the Czech Republic. 

So has Nathan Redmond earned a place in the senior team? As Sir Matt Busby famously said 'if you are good enough, you are old enough'.

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