Norwich City captain Russell Martin aims to cash in on the fringe benefits from international success
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Norwich City captain Russell Martin is convinced Euro2016 success for the club's international brigade will bring fringe benefits to the Canaries' Championship promotion push.
Martin was one of a number of Neil Adams' squad to savour that winning feeling over the past fortnight with Scotland beating Georgia and drawing in Poland.
Kyle Lafferty was the stand-out performer after scoring in Northern Ireland's victories over the Faroe Islands and Greece with Nathan Redmond part of the England Under-21s squad who reached next summer's European Championships in the Czech Republic.
Martin returned to Norwich in the early hours of Thursday morning but the skipper will be ready to lead out the Canaries when they resume league duties at Fulham this weekend.
'For sure, it helps,' he said. 'It makes the travelling a lot harder after a couple of bad results for your country and you haven't played very well. Likewise, if you go away on international duty and it has been going well for your club then it gives you a boost.
'You look at the lads and what they did. Laffs was great, really, really good. I watched his goal about 4:30am on Thursday morning at Glasgow Airport with two Rangers fans sitting there telling me he wasn't that quick. I had a little argument with them but it was a great goal. He has scored three in three now so he is a real threat. Wes played his part for the Republic (of Ireland), who got a great result in Germany, Nathan the same with the England Under-21s. It bodes well for us, everyone is back, fit and healthy, and that is the most important thing for the gaffer but on top of that the lads have had a positive experience and positive results.'
Martin and Steven Whittaker played the full 90 minutes in a hard-fought midweek draw against the Poles in the same qualifying section as Hoolahan's Irish who salvaged a stoppage time point against World Champions Germany.
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'It was a pretty intense period and they were two big games we needed to get something from, considering the other results in the group,' said Martin. 'I really enjoy going away with Gordon Strachan and the way it has been going for the last 18 months or so. Sometimes the training is a little bit more intense because you do not have time to build up to it like at club level. Gordon demands that. The travelling is another factor as well you have to take on board. I got back to Norwich late on Wednesday night, early hours of Thursday morning so didn't have a lot of sleep. You get used to it; if you want to play at that level you have to. The lads who stayed here have trained hard and got some rest.'
Martin is poised to face club mate Hoolahan next month on the international stage but the priority for now is maintaining City's impressive start to the Championship.
'I think we have adapted really well, probably a few of us would have thought it might take a bit longer,' he said. 'We have not hit the heights we are capable of, we've certainly played well, we've attacked well and put in some good performances but the disappointment of the last two home games says how far we have actually come in a relatively short period of time. There is still a lot more to come, there will be plenty of ups and downs in the Championship and hopefully over the next 10 or 12 games it will start to spread out. We certainly won't get carried away.'