“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 Imag

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

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.


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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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