Norwich City duo Robert Snodgrass and Russell Martin miss out on Scotland friendly call up through injury; Steven Whittaker is included

Steven Whittaker is in Scotland's squad for an international friendly against Nigeria at Craven Cottage. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Steven Whittaker is in Scotland's squad for an international friendly against Nigeria at Craven Cottage. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, May 12, 2014
12:38 PM

Steven Whittaker has been named in Scotland’s 28-man squad for an international friendly against Nigeria at Fulham’s Craven Cottage on May 28, but Norwich City team mates Robert Snodgrass and Russell Martin have been left out to rest injuries.

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Both featured in the Canaries’ final day 2-0 Premier League home defeat to Arsenal that confirmed the club’s relegation to the Championship, but Gordan Strachan has opted to leave out two of his key men who are expected to play a major role in Scotland’s European Championship qualifying campaign which begins later this year.

Whittaker is joined in the squad by former City striker Chris Martin who has enjoyed a prolific spell at Derby in the Rams run to the Championship play-off final. The 25-year-old earns his first international call-up after scoring 25 goals in 50 appearances this season following a permanent move to the East Midlands last summer.

• Scotland squad: Cammy Bell (Rangers), Matt Gilks (Blackpool), David Marshall (Cardiff), Allan McGregor (Hull); Christophe Berra (Ipswich), Gary Caldwell (Wigan), Craig Forsyth (Derby), Gordon Greer (Brighton), Grant Hanley (Blackburn), Alan Hutton (Aston Villa), Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic), Andrew Robertson (Dundee United), Steven Whittaker (Norwich); Ikechi Anya (Watford), Barry Bannan (Crystal Palace), George Boyd (Hull), Scott Brown (Celtic), Craig Bryson (Derby), Chris Burke (Birmingham), Graham Dorrans (West Brom), Darren Fletcher (Manchester United), James McArthur (Wigan), James Morrison (West Brom); Leigh Griffiths (Celtic), Shaun Maloney (Wigan), Chris Martin (Derby), Ross McCormack (Leeds), Steven Naismith (Everton).

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10 comments

  • So true Mad! Most international sides other than england are a joke now. By the way it's Oulton Broad not Lowestoft. Cant be seen to be mixing with such roughians & delinquents (apologies if spelling is off but you know me!)

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • What a balls up...

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    ncfc boy

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Now I even have to apologise to the anonymous Ar-chant scribbler. :-( The Beeb confirms that Chris Martin of Beccles has, indeed, been called up for Scotland! I suppose it`s no different to Russell Martin of Brighton or Alex Tettey of Norway. Or even Steve Morison of Wales via Millwall & Stevenage. Just shows, if you leave a Premiership team like Hughton`s Norwich, and join an ambitious, thrusting Championship outfit like Derby, you can turn into a Jock International overnight. Surely, Holt could`ve found an Irish great-granny or something? Bradley J. has US connections, too....

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • APOLOGIES MATTIAS! BIG ONES!! I hadn`t realised that the local scribbler had made that massive c0ck-up!! Or has the young Beccles Boy suddenly become Jockificated? Who is the journo? Why anonymous? Meet you at your Tardis & buy you an apology drink, young Matt.... Is Chris Martin Scottish?? I used to trust the local press. Not. You can tell I value the comments more than the articles. Specially anonymous ones, or Davitt`s dross.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • That was poor stuff, Mattias. Where did the `Chris` come from? Nobody even tried to make a jocular reference to the Martin thing, not even a Coldplay play.. Your attempt was more banal than jocular. You must try harder, or stop being so trying. M_Y:- Russell M is a fair-enough player, but he`s no genius. Also, what`s actually wrong with Suffolk, per se? Beccles is only just across that winding rivulet called the Waveney, so Matt could be close, whilst still being in Norfolk - especially if he has a ferryboat. Lowestoft is an epicentre of Norwich support. Ipswich is a rancid estuary occupied by trolls. Stowmarket is inhabited by Stowmartians. Bury St. Edmunds, and areas further West, are rather nice. Some parts of Norfolk are redneck territory almost beyond belief. No wonder Dullard`s Bitter was invented here. Huh! Umma tellin` yer, bor. Huh.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Oh dear Mattias......are you saying you were born in Suffolk?

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Ok Russell Martin hasn't been at his best this season but he hasn't deserved some of the bile angled at him. Under close scrutiny who has performed consistently apart from Olsson? Too many have been too quick to jump on the players backs this season. RM has always been a fantastic example of professionalism in my book and a brilliant ambassador for our club. I for one hope he's with us next season.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Chris Martin is selected for Scotland? Last time I checked he was born down the road from me in Beccles and barred from his local pub. Fair play to him though. Never a premier league quality striker but always been an exceptional finisher. Glad he appears to have found some maturity and the change of clubs done him good.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • No they didn't get injured. They are on their way out, Norwich wouldn't want either player to get injured if they have buyers. Can understand Snodgrass being sort after, but Martin?

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    NB

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Whittaker is good enough for Scotland, Ruddy is not good enough for England. Says a lot about Scottish football. How can a goalie, playing against the equivalent of L1 opposition, be preferred to John Ruddy for the England Squad? Or, indeed, the Prodigal Son, Foster? Then again, as I remember it, Fraser was a good deal better than JR, albeit in L1. So that`s OK, then? Looks like Snods will concentrate on finding himself a new Club. Russ will focus on training for the proposed new Olympic Sport, `Co-ordinated Running Backwards Slowly`. Did these `two` Scots get injured in the Ar$enal game? I am not sure that I really care any more.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 12, 2014

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