"Amazing he hasn't played for England at any level before" - City fans congratulate Maddison on U21 call-up

James Maddison is catching the eye for Norwich City this season. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

James Maddison is catching the eye for Norwich City this season. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Canaries fans have been congratulating James Maddison this afternoon following the playmaker's first England Under-21 call-up.

The 20-year-old has been one of City’s best performer this season, scoring four goals in 16 games to make the breakthrough as a Championship regular.

Maddison has been named in Aidy Boothroyd’s latest squad, alongside Norwich team-mate Angus Gunn, for a 2019 European U21 Championship qualifier against Ukraine.

Maddison was called up at U20 level in 2016 but wasn’t capped. The Coventry City academy product – signed by Norwich in a deal worth up to £3.5m in January 2016 – was nominated for the Championship’s goal of the month award for September, with his long-range strike in a 1-0 win at Middlesbrough claiming the prize.

He was also nominated for the division’s player of the month award and was voted City’s player of the month by supporters for September.

His call-up has largely been welcomed by City fans, with some wary of the extra game-time for the youngster during the international break.

• Take a look at some of the best of the reaction above

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