Club captain Russell Martin believes Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson is good enough for England

Jonny Howson of Norwich and Ravel Morrison of West Ham in action during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road...

Jonny Howson of Norwich and Ravel Morrison of West Ham in action during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd. - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson can join the Canaries' international contingent insists his club captain Russell Martin.

Howson was capped at England Under-21 level with Leeds and Martin believes his consistent goalscoring displays this season prove he could make the step up to seniors for the Three Lions. Roy Hodgson drafted in the likes of Southampton's Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez to his latest squad for friendlies against Chile and Germany, and Scottish international Martin feels Howson has the talent to make the same leap.

'In my opinion he could play at international level eventually. I really think he is in that bracket without a doubt,' he said. 'I've always said it about Jonny that he is a top player. He has been brilliant for us so far this season and the biggest compliment you can pay Jonny is that he makes the hard things look really easy. He is a really easy on the eye footballer. His strength is getting forward and getting on the ball. He has got a few goals this season already and I expect him to get a lot, lot more before the end of the season. I think you are seeing the real Jonny Howson in terms of what sort of player he is.

'He is such a great lad. If he was any more laid back he would be horizontal. He trains really hard, he is a great professional and he captained Leeds at a really young age so that shows you the type of character he is. He is quiet by nature but I can't speak high enough of him really as a player and a person. Hopefully he can get that recognition.'

Martin conceded Howson has benefitted from operating in tandem in central midfield with Dutch international Leroy Fer. The duo were instrumental in Norwich's second-half winning comeback against West Ham.

'Leroy is a top drawer midfielder who can do a bit of everything,' he said. 'He has been great and if he keeps that level of performance up he will be a real asset for us and he has added a little bit something different which we didn't have before. He loves getting on the ball, he loves driving forward and he wants to boss a game. We need to keep giving him the ball and allowing him to do that, but he does the other side as well. He'll defend and put his foot in. I think he is perfectly suited to the Premier League.'

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