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REDMOND'S ENGLAND OUT OF U21s EUROS

24 June 2015

City winger nets late on in Olomouc

NATHAN Redmond scored a late consolation goal for England's Under-21s as they lost 3-1 to Italy in Olomouc, a result that eliminated them from the UEFA European Championship.

The 21-year-old winger, who was on the scoresheet in the Canaries' 2-0 Play-Off Final win over Middlesbrough a month ago, fired home from inside the box in the last minute of Wednesday's Group B game.

Italy had earlier punished the young Lions' profligacy with two quickfire first-half goals from Daniele Belotti and Marco Benassi, before the latter added a third after the break to put the game beyond England's reach.

Sunday's victory over Sweden had raised hopes of progression for Gareth Southgate's side but they ultimately finished bottom of the four-team group, with Portugal qualifying for the semi-finals alongside the Scandinavians.

Redmond played the full 90 minutes in each of England's matches having excelled throughout their qualification campaign.

Commenting after the final whistle, Southgate said: "The feeling is of bitter disappointment because it is 2 years' work to get here. It's a cruel defeat for them."

Elsewhere, City striker Jamar Loza found the net in Jamaica Under-23s' 6-1 win over St Lucia in the Dominican Republic as they target qualification for next year's Olympic Games in Brazil.

Loza, 21, will hope to feature when they take on the hosts on Sunday (9pm).

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