International round-up: Norwich City skipper Russell Martin helps Scotland to friendly win in Czech Republic

Scotland's Ikechi Anya celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with team-mates Christop

Scotland's Ikechi Anya celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with team-mates Christophe Berra (left) and Russell Martin during the International Friendly at the Generali Arena, Prague. Picture: John Walton/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Norwich City skipper Russell Martin came helped Scotland to keep a clean sheet in a friendly win in the Czech Republic last night.

Czech Republic's Tomas Necid (left) and Scotland's Russell Martin battle for the ball during the Int

Czech Republic's Tomas Necid (left) and Scotland's Russell Martin battle for the ball during the International Friendly at the Generali Arena, Prague. Picture: John Walton/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

The defender played the full 90 minutes as a first-half strike from Watford winger Ikechi Anya led the way to victory at the Generali Arena in Prague.

The victory was a notable one for Gordon Strachan's side, against a team who have qualified for Euro 2016 and who are ranked 20 places higher than them in the Fifa rankings, in 25th place.

Martin's international duty is now over, as he is not included in Strachan's second squad for a home friendly against Denmark on Tuesday.

Canaries team-mates Steven Whittaker and Steven Naismith had pulled out of the squad for the first match but Whittaker is still in the squad for the Denmark game.

Kyle Lafferty suffered a groin injury whilst on international duty with Northern Ireland.

Kyle Lafferty suffered a groin injury whilst on international duty with Northern Ireland. - Credit: PA

Elsewhere, Canaries striker Kyle Lafferty was in action for Northern Ireland in a 1-1 draw in Wales, hot on the heels of sealing a loan move to Championship side Birmingham City for the rest of the season.


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Lafferty started the game and played 81 minutes of the game at the Cardiff City Stadium, as he won his 46th cap.

Craig Cathcart's 60th-minute strike had looked set to earn Northern Ireland their first victory over Wales since 1980 but Simon Church salvaged the win for the hosts with a penalty in the final minute.

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Canaries full-back Martin Olsson was an unused substitute as Sweden lost 2-1 in Turkey in Antalya. Sweden are in action again on Tuesday when they host the Czech republic.

City academy defender Joe Crowe was also in action, playing all of an Under-19 European Championship qualifier for Northern Ireland, as they were beaten 2-1 in Poland.

Four Norwich players are due to be in action today. Wes Hoolahan and Robbie Brady are with the Republic of Ireland for a friendly against Timm Klose's Switzerland in Dublin tonight (7.45pm).

While young midfielder Louis Thompson, currently on loan at former club Swindon Town, is in Bulgaria with Wales U21s for an U21 European Championship qualifier.

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