James Maddison shares fond memories as he returns to Carrow Road with England U21s

Former City player James Maddison is hoping his team can deliver a performance to remember tonight as he returns to Carrow Road with the England Under-21s side.

Aidy Boothroyd’s team will face the Netherlands in the UEFA European U21 Championship qualifiers, with kick off at 7.45pm.

And Maddison, who joined Premier League side Leicester City earlier this year, is looking forward to returning to the ground alongside Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn who was with the Canaries on a season-long loan last year.

He said: “It’s brilliant to be back. I have some brilliant memories here and it’s nice to see some familiar faces.

“I had a really good season here last year and loved every minute of it so it’s a great feeling to be back.”

Speaking during England’s training session at the ground yesterday, Maddison said Norwich holds a lot of fond memories for him.

“The first goal I scored here was quite big for me," he said. "It was only a cup game against Swindon but to get the first goal out of the way in front of the home fans was good.

“And obviously the last-minute equaliser against Ipswich went down pretty well. I don’t ever remember being that upbeat about a draw in a long time so they were both brilliant memories.

“I can only speak highly of everyone at Norwich. It was such a smooth process with me moving to Leicester. I’m a young ambitious lad and I wanted to play in the Premier League and test myself when I got given that opportunity.

“The reception I got from the Norwich fans and the manager and Stuart Webber about wanting to move was second to none. They fully understood and thanked me for what I did last season. We all have a really good relationship still.”

And Maddison is hoping his team can send the fans home with a win.

“Three points will be very important,” he said. “The Netherlands are a good side, we’ve studied them and looked at their strengths and weaknesses.

“We’ve got some top players and a great amount of ability throughout the squad. We have a lot of Premier League players so we have a really talented squad and hopefully we can gel together and get the victory in front of the Norwich fans.

“We’re all hoping to see as many fans here. It’s important for us to play at different stadiums so lots of people can come and see what young English players can do. Hopefully we can put on a performance for them to remember.”

Tickets for the match are still available, priced at £10 for adults and £5 for over 65s and under 18s.

You can purchase tickets online HERE, call 01603 721902 or visit the ticket offices at Chapelfield and Carrow Road.

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