England U21 boss Lee Carsley is a big fan of Jonathan Rowe and has praised Norwich City for their role in his development.

Carsley has called Rowe up to the England U21 set-up for the first time after a blistering start to the Championship season that has seen him score seven goals in 11 matches for the Canaries.

Considering the youngster hadn’t started a game of senior football prior to Norwich’s opening game of the season against Hull, it marks the latest step of the winger’s rapid progress – and Rowe could feature in their European Championship qualifier against Serbia tonight.

The challenge for Rowe is to prove that he deserves to be a mainstay in the Young Lions squads moving forwards.

Rowe’s club form has pushed Carsley to bring him into the Young Lions fold – and he admires the fact the Norwich winger has taken the scenic route to international recognition rather than graduating through the youth ranks.

“I like him a lot. He’s a player who is in form along with Jaden Philogene,” Carsley told PA Media at his pre-match press confidence.

“They’re full of confidence and it gives players that aren’t involved in England teams a bit of hope because our recruitment and scouting is massive.

“There are no players not being watched. The fact that Jonathan Rowe has come through now in a different way is a testament to him and to Norwich.

“They’ve given him an opportunity to play and he’s played well. I’ve been very impressed with him.”

The bigger challenge for Rowe after such a positive start is to maintain the levels he has reached in the opening 11 games of the Championship campaign.

The Pink Un: England U21 boss Lee Carsley has been impressed with Jon Rowe's form at Norwich City.England U21 boss Lee Carsley has been impressed with Jon Rowe's form at Norwich City. (Image: PA Images)

Carsley knows first-hand the pressure that Rowe is facing as he attempts to keep his standards high and believes the Norwich winger will need to learn to control his emotions during the highs and lows the game will throw at him in years to come.

“It’s about managing his energy and emotions. I remember myself – I got into Derby’s first-team, played on a Saturday and then Tuesday and scored, then Saturday and scored,” England’s U21 boss said.

“The manager told me it was really important to keep scoring, but I don’t think I scored in another 180 games. I couldn’t cope with that pressure.”