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Maddison describes delight at England U21 call-up

8 November 2017

James Maddison has spoken of his delight at earning his first call-up for the England Under-21s.

The midfielder, 20, has been in sparkling form this season for the Canaries, scoring goals against Middlesbrough, Reading and Ipswich Town to help the club on an eight-match unbeaten run in the Sky Bet Championship through September to mid-October.

Maddison’s exploits have been recognised by the national setup but he admitted he was surprised at receiving the call-up.

Speaking to, Maddison said: “I had no inkling at all about the call-up. I mean, you obviously keep an eye on all of the England squads when you’re in form and I knew I wouldn’t be far away because of that but it still came as a surprise.

“I’ve scored a couple of good goals and managed to play some good games and when I got the call-up I was delighted.

“The first person I spoke to was Dan Ashworth [FA Technical Director] and then Aidy [Boothroyd, Under-21s Head Coach] called me afterwards, but it was great to let my loved ones know straight away and everyone was really happy for me.”

Maddison is thriving under the new regime at City and he praised boss Daniel Farke for showing faith in him.

“This season, I’ve been enjoying my football with Norwich so much,” he continued. “Daniel Farke has been a very good manager for me and he’s a very good coach.

“He seems to like my style of play and the type of player that I am and I also like the way in which he talks about the game and likes to coach, so it’s been a perfect fit for me and I’ve played a lot of minutes this season.

“That’s all I’ve wanted, to be out there and playing games every week, that’s what it’s about and it’s why we do the job.

“For now though, I just want to try and impress the manager here [at England] and I want to get a feel for it as we’ve got such a talented squad, full of Premier League quality. You can see it in training, it’s a step up and I’m relishing it.”

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