Tino Livramento has hailed England Under-21 boss Lee Carsley for supporting him during his injury nightmare. The 21-year-old has recovered from a serious knee problem which sidelined him for over a year.
Livramento, who made a £31million move to Newcastle in the summer, suffered an ACL injury in April 2022 while at Southampton and did not make a playing comeback until May 2023. In October, he returned to the Young Lions squad after 18 months away and is ready to face Serbia in their Euro 2025 qualifier in Backa Topola on Saturday.
In his absence Carsley guided England to the Euro 2023 title in the summer but Livramento revealed he was in constant contact.
“He had the same injury as me when he was a player so he understood where I was coming from,” he said. “When you are going into the club every day when you are injured it is the same environment with the same people so when you get that outside influence and love from someone else it brings you back up and makes you want to keep pushing.
“You know you’ve got other people thinking about me and wishing me well, I’ve got to make myself better and prove to them that it was right to keep messaging me.
“He’s been here ever since I’ve come into the Under-21s, he’s a great guy and a great manager. He did so well in the summer and we’re all excited that he stayed on.”
The Young Lions crushed Serbia 9-1 at the City Ground last month but then lost 3-2 to Ukraine and now sit three points behind the Group F leaders.
“We didn’t end the last camp how we would have wanted to but it is down to us to go and put it right and consistently win the rest of our qualifying games,” said Livramento.
“We’re in a good position to finish top but two tough games, going away to Serbia is going to be tough compared to when we played them at the City Ground.
“It’s part and parcel of playing for England – everyone wants to beat you. It is just about us focusing on us and down to how we play, we’re in control of our performance and we’re going to hopefully go there and win the game.”
England go to Serbia 11 years after Danny Rose claimed he was racially abused there in a Euro 2013 qualifier. Defender Rose said he was subjected to monkey chants before and during the game, which England won to seal their place at Euro 2013.
It created a storm which saw then-Prime Minister David Cameron call for UEFA to impose tough sanctions on racism but Liverpool defender Jarell Quansah played down any fears of a repeat.
“We’ve been well-educated on how to deal with whatever happens, throughout the age groups,” he said. “I’ve learned it from the Under-15s. Everyone is well-versed in how they should deal with those sorts of situations, how we react and the process to follow.
“It’s about not reacting. It shouldn’t happen but whatever happens happens, we’re there just to win a match really. It’s not nice. It’s probably the lowest form of humans who do that stuff, just to get at you. You don’t want to stoop down to that level.”
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