Marc Tierney – Norwich City making Premier League impression
International recognition proves Norwich City are being taken seriously in the Premier League, according to Marc Tierney.
As the Canaries settle down to another international break the likes of Steve Morison, Andrew Crofts, Simeon Jackson and Declan Rudd will all be away with national sides – while Tierney, Bradley Johnson and John Ruddy have also been catching the attention of their countries.
Although a Republic of Ireland call has been conspicuous by its absence for Wes Hoolahan, Tierney was reportedly being considered ahead of the Irish's Euro 2012 qualifiers in Andorra and with Armenia.
Midfielder Johnson was in England's extended provisional squad list for their key trip to Montenegro, while goalkeeper John Ruddy's impressive top-flight performances have also caught the attention of the England camp. His young City deputy Declan Rudd is with the Under-21 group as they face tough trips to Iceland and Norway.
Morison and Crofts have joined up with Wales once again, with Jackson still involved in the Canada set-up.
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And left-back Tierney – arguably City's most consistent performer so far this season – believes such involvement can only be good news for how the Canaries are viewed by the rest of the football world.
'It shows that people are taking Norwich City seriously now – we are doing well, we are playing good football and I think people are realising that we are quite a force in this league, and that will come with the territory of playing well,' said Tierney.
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'I know Johnno has been linked, Wes has been linked – there are quite a few of us so hopefully we'll keep playing well and keep our heads down, keep doing well and keep working hard for the club.'
The international break follows City's failure to take the chance of a shock result at Old Trafford, as Manchester United finally saw off the visitors after being given an almightly scare. And Tierney believes Norwich can take a lot of heart into the international period from their last appearance.
'Obviously it was a loss, but on the back of the two wins we have had you would have taken six points from those three games if you'd have given it before,' said Tierney.
'Personally for me I used to go and watch Manchester United, week in week out, as a young lad so I did find myself looking around thinking this is where I wanted to be.
'All the lads are the same really. We've all come from the same kind of background, we have had to work really hard and a lot of us have not been given a chance of getting to the Premier League.
'So it's to show a few people they are wrong but also to prove people like the manager and the fans who come and support us every week at home right; we do think we can be a force in this league and no pushovers.
'We are going quite well…we are not here just to make the numbers up and when you see the amount of chances we did have, on another day we would have put them away.
'But the lads that have been putting the goals away over the last couple of games, they have been fantastic. We are the kind of squad where we will learn from it rather than get on each others' backs.
'We will definitely take heart from it and hopefully push on in the next couple of games.'