Martin targets Euro glory
CHRIS LAKEY Norwich City's rising star Chris Martin has set his sights on European glory after a dream start to his international career.The 18-year-old, who has just a dozen first team appearances under his belt, marked his debut for England Under-19s with the only goal of the game against their Turkish counterparts - and now he wants more of the same.
Norwich City's rising star Chris Martin has set his sights on European glory after a dream start to his international career.
The 18-year-old, who has just a dozen first team appearances under his belt, marked his debut for England Under-19s with the only goal of the game against their Turkish counterparts - and now he wants more of the same.
Martin's club form earned him a late-call up to Brian Eastick's England squad and the Beccles teenager is hoping he has sealed his place for the European Championship qualifiers.
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“I really hope I can,” he said. “But I don't think it's guaranteed at the moment by any means. If I keep working hard here at Norwich and playing then hopefully it will give me a very good shout at playing in the qualifiers.”
Martin's goal, three minutes from time in front of a healthy 11,555 crowd at Doncaster's Keepmoat Stadium, came after he won an aerial challenge and lifted the loose ball over the on-rushing goalkeeper to seal victory - and experience he admitted would stay with him for a long time.
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“I will remember it for many years to come,” said Martin. “Playing for England was a great moment for me, and hopefully I can carry on being involved because I love the experience.
“The ball got crossed in and I challenged for it in the air, the ball popped up and the next thing I knew I was in on goal and I lifted it over the 'keeper.
“I won't ever forget the experience, and getting a goal obviously made it even more special for me.”
Martin started the match on the subs' bench but came on after 64 minutes for Everton's James Vaughan while fellow Canary Rossi Jarvis, currently on loan at Rotherham, played the first half before being replaced by Ipswich striker Danny Haynes.