While the majority of footballers are enjoying the end of their holidays, Southampton’s Nathan Redmond has been down in the dumps following the England’s exit from the Under-21 European Championships.
The 23-year-old was part of Aidy Boothroyd’s squad in Poland, and they seemed to take inspiration from the Under-20s World Cup win as they managed to get to the semi-finals.
However, it was not an easy task against Germany, and it proved once again that England struggle to overcome these particular opponents on penalties.
In normal time, Demarai Gray and Tammy Abraham scored, but a 2-2 draw resulted in the tie going to extra time, but neither side could find the breakthrough.
The contest descended into penalties, and it was Redmond who had to score in sudden death, but his spot-kick was saved by Julian Pollersbeck.
His failure to convert sent Germany into the final, and after reflecting on the defeat, the Southampton man took to Twitter to apologise to the fans.
A massive chapter of my life that's came to a close. Thank you for your support and messages. ⚽️♥️? pic.twitter.com/xblxuNmd8i
— Redz (@NathanRedmond22) June 28, 2017
Plenty of fans reacted to the tweet by sending their support to Redmond.
Top lad Nathan, great seeing you involved/develop in the England squad ??, looking forward in supporting you at St Mary's next season ????
— Arthur (@ArthurCogger) June 28, 2017
A good start under MP at Saints and can see you and JWP in the senior team, good luck
— Paul Williams (@pdjlk1) June 28, 2017
Head up Nathan , Great season ahead at saints , break into the full national squad and World Cup next summer ! #togetherasone
— Mark Duffin (@alwaysasaint77) June 28, 2017
Simply, one of THE best, no question ?
— James Webb (@webbjames1) June 28, 2017
One of England's best players.Probably wouldn't have got as far if it weren't for your efforts.Well done and keep your chin up and be proud.
— Jon Shapland (@Jon_Shapland) June 28, 2017
You done your country and club proud buddy will only make you stronger ????
— Saint_Pellegringo (@kevvie_geeSFC) June 28, 2017
as one chapter closes another one opens for you be ready and waiting for that senior England team and great season at SMS next season.
— jane (@blondiesaint) June 28, 2017
You had a solid impact during the tournament keep your head up and boss it for Southampton next season!! ????
— Andy Timson (@AndyTimson) June 28, 2017