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Norwich City duo hopeful that Scotland can cause England problems

06:30 17 November 2014

Norwich City captain Russell Martin (left) celebrates with his Scotland team-mates during Friday

Norwich City captain Russell Martin (left) celebrates with his Scotland team-mates during Friday's 1-0 win against the Republic of Ireland at Celtic Park in Euro 2016 qualifying. Picture: Steve Welsh

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Norwich City duo Russell Martin and Steven Whittaker are relishing the prospect of taking on England with Scotland tomorrow night.

Scotland's Steven Whittaker and Republic of Ireland's James McClean battle for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier at Celtic Park, Glasgow. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire.Scotland's Steven Whittaker and Republic of Ireland's James McClean battle for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier at Celtic Park, Glasgow. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire.

Manager Gordon Strachan has hinted at resting some players following Friday night’s crucial Euro 2016 qualifying win over the Republic of Ireland at Celtic Park.

That 1-0 victory, thanks to a 74th-minute goal from Shaun Maloney, moved the Scots above Ireland into third in Group D and provided a big boost to their qualification hopes.

All of which sends Scotland into their friendly clash with England, again at Celtic Park (8pm kick-off), in good heart.

“You could ask 26 lads in there and they’ll all say the same thing. Everyone wants to be involved in it,” Canaries captain Martin told STV Sport.

“We’ve got a few days to recover. We’ve got a few days to cool down before getting back to work. Everybody wants to be involved, nobody wants a rest.”

Martin and Whittaker both played the full match on Friday but want to be involved again tomorrow, with former Rangers full-back Whittaker confident the Scots can cause England problems.

“We’ve created this enthusiasm and determination to get results,” Whittaker told BBC Sport.

“We’re playing good football, so everything seems to be ticking the right boxes at the minute.

“But it all comes from the manager. His enthusiasm for the game is passed on to the players and we’re obviously going out there and doing the tasks at the minute.

“Recently, we’ve matched Germany, we’ve drawn in Poland and beaten Ireland – we are on the right track and we want another good result on Tuesday night.”

• Canaries midfielder Alex Tettey played the full match for Norway last night, in a 1-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win in Azerbaijan.

The 28-year-old had missed a friendly with Estonia on Wednesday because of a minor knee worry but was fit enough to win his 22nd cap for Norway in Baku.

The result leaves Norway third in Group H, behind Italy and Croatia.

20 comments

  • Well played England. Scots outclassed except when it comes to disrespecting anthems.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • Thought Whittaker had his normal game against ROI - did some good stuff but got caught out too often but wasn't made to pay. It looked like a good old C'ship fixture with plenty of blood and guts but not much quality apart from a nicely worked goal. They may well get a result against England but I guess it will matter more to them. Looking forward to watching it nonetheless. I guess there will be several club managers very nervous hoping their players come out unscathed.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • NoggintheNog was thinking same watching the game. Only when England went behind did a sense of urgency come into the team and the response was immediate. Possession football is fine but there needs to be a cutting edge too and to play the incisive pass when the opportunity arises.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • I think that the diff between England and NCFC is that city have dominated most games and come away with nothing, any team can play pretty football , unfortunatly we dont get points for that .

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    thefox77

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • Got to give the sweaty socks their do,they do play with passion!Perhaps RM and SW could bottle some up and bring back to carrow road!

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    tonyb

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • Did Englands 1st half performance against Slovenia remind any of you of City 's performances of late, lots of possesion but very few chances against a totally defensive side If it can happen to international sides with the best of the crop of english players why do people find it hard when it happens to City.

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    NoggintheNog

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • Some here seem to think its the Scottish manager that improves the play of the Norwich players. I like Gordon, but why did he fail at Middlesborough if he is a good motivator? Shees some people>

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    sharky

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • I am not upset by our lads' success in these internationals, just encouraged that it will soon fall into place, again. A couple of months ago we were unstoppable but we seemed to have stopped ourselves. Nothing breeds success like success.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • So now, let me see...For the Scots, Martin, Martin, Whittaker and Marshall, for the English, Forster. 4-1 to the Scots then, and I for one will be cheering them all the way, if only so that Martin and Whittaker can return with some pride and confidence, because we sure as heck need something different at Carrow Rd.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • Having read reports on how well Redmond played for the young England side the other night and then seen comments that it is easier at that level, I have often wondered just how well the England team would do against the average Premiership or even championship side. I suspect that England would struggle to beat many sides but it would be good to find out.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • It will be an interesting game tomorrow. On individual player ability England should win well, but on manager ability and psychology, Scotland are in with a good chance. A lot of similarities between Woy and NA???? Who are the top native English managers? The Scots do seem to have an edge there.

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • Love your comments "PaulWho". Born and bred in this Fine City and I enjoy every minute of the experience. Can't say the same about some of our players. Its not a big deal to say the quality of our squad is based on having Scottish internationals within it. Opposition forwards must quake in their boots having to try and get past these lads.

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    A fine city

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • Given the positive comments from A fine city, perhaps he should change his name to "what a dump with terrible road links"?

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    PaulWho

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • From the mouth of a Norwich City player "Its the manager who makes you want to play well" Says it all really, City manager not experienced enough yet to motivate grown men.

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    goldie

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • Be interesting to see how they play (if they do) and how effective they are! Wonder what we might learn?

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    andy

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • OK so we have City supporters here wanting Martin and Whittaker to play badly. I,m an England supporter, but myself I wouldnt want to see that. Shows the mentality of some people.

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    sharky

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • I guess this will be a test for Woy, will he exploit the weakness in the Scottish defence I wonder by playing a fast attacking left winger. Likewise, if Scotland get a corner, will they throw all the defenders forward, just a thought.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • The City duo done well again for their country, all credit to them. Done what they're being asked to do in positions both are comfortable in .......... hopefully they'll get minutes v England to experience what will for sure be a white hot atmosphere

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    nevermindthedanger

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • International football is at such a low ebb based on the fact that these two are getting a game.

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    A fine city

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • "It all comes from the manager" Yes indeed Russ, it sure does.

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    el dingo

    Monday, November 17, 2014

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