Nathan Redmond admits “it hasn’t really sunk in yet” as the Southampton star prepares to face Manchester United in the 2017 EFL Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday (16:30).
The winger, who joined The Saints from Championship outfit Norwich City last summer, is relishing walking out at the national stadium with his new team-mates in the hope of capping off an impressive debut campaign with the south-coast outfit by lifting some silverware.
The 22-year-old, speaking to EASPORTS.com, said, “I’ve played at Wembley before with Norwich in the play-off final where I scored and the team won, which means I sort of know what it takes to play there, but it’s a different competition and occasion.
“The day out for the fans and the excitement leading up to it is something that is very special.
“To have experienced playing at Wembley early on in my career and to be playing there again, I feel very fortunate and I’m looking forward to the challenge.
“It hasn’t really sunk in yet! I don’t think it will until a day or two before the game.”
The England Under-21 international has scored four goals in 36 appearances in all competitions for Claude Puel’s side so far this season, including Saints’ winner (Pictured below) against Liverpool in the EFL Cup semi-final first leg at St Mary’s Stadium back in January (1-0).
After achieving play-off pandemonium with Norwich back in 2015, helping The Canaries earn promotion back to the Premier League, Redmond is hoping his winning streak continues at Wembley on Sunday, despite Manchester United being four-time winners of the competition.
When asked what could prove decisive in Sunday’s cup final, Redmond replied, “Just doing the same that we’ve done throughout the whole competition.
“I think we’re the first team to not concede a goal in the competition so that will be the foundation.
“We are working on our game plan this week which we will have to try and implement.”
Nathan Redmond was speaking to EASPORTS.com ahead of the EFL Cup final. To read the full interview, head to www.easports.com/uk/fifa/news/2017/nathan-redmond-interview.