First full Bosnia and Herzegovina call-up for former Norwich City academy defender Dario Dumic

Dario Dumic in action for Norwich City in a pre-season friendly against St Johnstone in July 2009. P

Dario Dumic in action for Norwich City in a pre-season friendly against St Johnstone in July 2009. Picture: David Lamb

Bosnia and Herzegovina have handed former Norwich City academy defender Dario Dumic his first international call-up.

Dario Dumic, right, challenges Swindon striker Charlie Austin during his only Norwich City appearanc

Dario Dumic, right, challenges Swindon striker Charlie Austin during his only Norwich City appearance, in November 2009. Picture: Alex Broadway/Focus Images - Credit: Alex Broadway/Focus Images

The 25-year-old is probably not a player that many Canaries fans will remember particularly well, having left the club in January 2010 after just one senior appearance.

Dumic is now playing regularly in the Dutch top flight, against the likes of Ajax and PSV Eindhoven. The former Denmark youth international is playing for NEC Nijmegen after making the switch from Danish club Brondby.

Born in Sarajevo, in what is now Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dumic was raised in Denmark and moved to Norfolk in the summer of 2008.

The tall centre-back signed professional terms with the Canaries and featured regularly during pre-season as Bryan Gunn prepared his team for League One football in 2009.

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He was handed his debut by Paul Lambert as a 57th-minute substitute, replacing Jon Otsemobor, in a Johnstone's Paint Trophy southern section quarter-final tie at Swindon Town in November 2009.

The match finished 0-0 after extra-time but Norwich advanced thanks to a 5-3 penalty shootout success, with Jamie Cureton scoring the winning spot-kick.

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Dumic did not make another appearance though and just two months later he was allowed to join Brondby on a free transfer.

He made 107 appearances for the 10-time Danish champions, helping them to finish third in the SAS Ligaen in 2015 before making a loan move to Nijmegen in January 2016.

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That deal became permanent last summer, with Dumic signing a three-year deal, making 16 appearances and scoring once to help NEC finish 10th in the Dutch Eredivisie.

He has scored four goals in 26 league games for Nijmegen so far this season and has earned his first international call-up, for a World Cup qualifier against minnows Gibraltar on March 25.

He will join the likes of Juventus star Miralem Pjanic and Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic in the squad, although star striker Edin Dzeko, formerly of Manchester City and now shining for Roma, is not in the latest squad.

Did you see Dumic in action for Norwich as a youngster? Did you see the potential for him to become an international? Leave your comments below.

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