December 13 2013 Latest news:
Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Norwich City’s newly-appointed club captain Russell Martin hopes to fulfil a lifetime’s ambition when Scotland face England this evening at Wembley in a prestige friendly.
Martin has never played at the world-famous stadium during his career, but that looks set to change following his pivotal role in Scotland’s surprise World Cup 1-0 qualifying win over Croatia at the start of the summer.
Robert Snodgrass was on target for the Scots in Zagreb - with Martin and Steven Whittaker also part of Gordon Strachan’s line up - and all three could face club mate John Ruddy in the first football clash between the neighbours since 1999.
“No, I’ve never played there before so it is something I am really looking forward to - its one of those when you were a young lad you dream of playing there and that doesn’t really leave you when you become a footballer. It is the home of football and it is exciting.
“Anyone who knows John would realise he doesn’t really give too much banter but to be fair since he was called up it has been flying about a bit. Hopefully we all get the chance to play some part.
“It has been a time of change with a new manager coming in who has tried to bring in a lot of new ideas and a different way of playing and he has given people like myself a chance and Snoddy has featured a lot more and younger players, which is great. I think something needed to change and hopefully we can continue that improvement. It was steady to start with and obviously the Croatia win makes people sit up and take notice so we need to take it on again.”
Brighton-bred Martin is hoping for some neutral backing from the Canaries’ support.
“I think with three Norwich players in our squad Norwich fans should maybe be supporting Scotland. I’ve been asked the same question who I am supporting but I would appreciate as much support as we can get because we might need it,” he said. “It’ll be a good game. It’s one I am really excited about and I know that is the same for the rest of the boys. Whoever they support I’m sure the Norwich fans will want us all to do well. Even if they want England to win I have no doubt they want us to do well and probably the most important thing is to come through with no injuries. It is huge for us to play at great stadium against great players.”
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.