Journalist Tom Barclay reckons that Nathan Redmond’s England cap is proof of how good the Southampton attacker can be.
When did Redmond win his England cap?
Having been a regular in the Under-21 set-up for several years, Redmond, valued at £16.2m by Transfermarkt, got his first senior call-up midway through the 2016-2017 campaign, just months into Gareth Southgate’s reign.
In the March international break, when Redmond was enjoying an excellent campaign with the Saints, he was rewarded by the Three Lions boss with a call-up for a friendly against Germany and World Cup qualifier with Lithuania.
England would end up losing the game to Germany 1-0 courtesy of Lukas Podolski’s second-half winner, but it ended up being a memorable day for Redmond.
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He was introduced just a couple of minutes before the goal, replacing former Southampton man Adam Lallana with 24 minutes remaining in Dortmund.
Redmond’s only other call-up came when he was named in the provisional squad for the 2019 Nations League finals, although he didn’t make the final 23-man party and hasn’t been involved with the national side since.
However, Barclay reckons that his Three Lions cap is evidence of just how good he can be on his day.
What did Barclay say?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “Nathan Redmond is quite a divisive figure in the Southampton fanbase and you can’t blame them. He’s been there more than long enough for them to make a fair judgement on his quality and it’s fair to say he is inconsistent.
“On his day, he has won an England cap, that’s how good he can be. But obviously those days don’t happen too often particularly in recent seasons.
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“He’s a winger, he’s a creative player, they are bound to be more frustrating than other players who are more consistent and reliable in their defensive side of the game.”
How has Redmond performed this season?
According to WhoScored, he’s been Southampton’s sixth-best player with an average rating of 6.86 but has once again struggled for consistency.
However, his campaign is picking up pace and getting better with every passing week. In Saints’ two recent home matches, he’s claimed assists which have helped him earn a rating of 8.33 in the win over Leeds and slightly lower mark of 7.44 against Burnley the following week.
England’s wide department is one of the most competitive in the squad, but if Redmond keeps up his current form and starts adding goals to his game, another call-up might not be too far away.