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Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Norwich City’s Scottish international midfielder Robert Snodgrass insists any game against England is never a friendly.
Snodgrass is part of Gordon Strachan’s squad for Wednesday’s showpiece Wembley game which brings the Auld Enemy together for the first time since 1999 when the Scots triumphed 1-0 on English soil. The 25-year-old revealed on Tuesday morning, however, his abiding memory of the rivalry is a sour one.
“Everybody knows a game between England and Scotland is never a friendly so it will be interesting,” he said. “We play some of these boys week in, week out so if I am called upon I would look forward to it. I remember Paul Gascoigne chipping the ball over Colin Hendry’s head (Euro 1996) so that was not a good memory but hopefully we can get a better result than that day. There is a good buzz about the place. It’s nice to meet up and see how the boys have got on over the summer and how the slog of pre-season has gone. You can see the boys are fit, sharp and ready for action.”
Snodgrass, along with Russell Martin and Steven Whittaker, trained at Watford’s academy earlier today ahead of a potential match-up with club mate John Ruddy. City’s player-of-the-year runner-up was the match-winner in Scotland’s surprise 1-0 World Cup qualifying success in Croatia earlier this summer.
“To get on the scoresheet was a bonus for me personally but the main objective was to try and get three points,” he told the Scottish Football Association’s official site. “We got some national pride back in amongst the squad and the fans. I’m sure it was a great day out for them. They really enjoyed it and it gave the players some belief that we can beat these teams. On the night it went to plan. The gaffer had a game plan and we got the three points. Beating a team like Croatia must give you belief. They were ranked fourth in the world at that time and we had a few more chances on the night as well.”
Chris Hughton admitted Norwich’s soft centre again contributed to their downfall as Luis Suarez inspired Liverpool to a 5-1 Premier League win on Wednesday night at Anfield.