Morrison clash sours display

  • Last Updated: October 16 2013, 14:24 BST

Ravel Morrison's angry confrontation with team-mate Wilfried Zaha soured his man-of-the-match display for the England Under-21 team and leaves manager Gareth Southgate with work to do.

Morrison: Word or two with Zaha
Morrison: Word or two with Zaha

The 20-year-old Manchester United academy graduate has come to the fore in recent weeks as he begins to show his true potential with West Ham and the Young Lions.

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Morrison on Tuesday night played an instrumental role in a 5-0 thrashing of Lithuania, opening the scoring after two minutes before netting an exquisite solo effort in the second half.

However he was also involved in a concerning incident involving Zaha towards the end of the European Championship qualifier at Portman Road.

After John Stones headed over a James Ward-Prowse free-kick, the pair came together as they walked out of the box and Morrison pushed Zaha, with Nathan Redmond having to separate the pair.

"It was just a bit of a disagreement, nothing else," Norwich winger Redmond said. "We got back in the changing rooms and we sorted it out.

"You get that with teams everywhere, there is just a bit more of spotlight on this incident because it was for England.

"We sorted it out behind the scenes. Rav's a class player, sometimes he just has to move the ball a little bit quicker.

"Sometimes you do get a little bit frustrated with him, but you just have to let Rav be Rav because of the things he is capable of."

Already reports have emanated suggesting the falling-out could scupper a potential West Ham loan move for United player Zaha in January.

The main issue for now, though, is how Southgate sorts the situation out with the Under-21 team.

"We spoke about being a team before the game," Southgate told BT Sport.

"We know the potential of the group of individuals. The key now is how we come together as a team and that will take time because there is a lot of focus on individuals.

"Sometimes there is pressure on individuals and one or two of those had a point to prove and did that very well.

"It's my job to bring them together as a group, which is going to be a test as I can see."

Former England international Owen Hargreaves was part of the Manchester United set-up when Morrison was coming through and was frustrated by the youngster's moment of petulance.

"They have obviously had a discussion, an altercation about something previous," Hargreaves said.

"But the fact of the matter is that this was a very poor Lithuania side, a good performance, a 5-0 win, and then you a bit of negativity.

"This might be the something people pick up on and say 'Why this?'. As well as Ravel played, it creates a bit more negative attention for himself when it is not needed.

"He scored two great goals and that should be the highlight of the evening, rather than talking about having a disagreement with your team-mate."


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