Norwich City defender bullish over Premier League chances

Norwich City defender Russell Martin insists Paul Lambert's squad will relish the demands of Premier League combat.

Martin is in line for his Scotland debut in the forthcoming Carling Nations games against Wales and the Republic of Ireland this week after cutting short a promotion party in Las Vegas with the majority of Lambert's squad.

The 25-year-old attacking full-back watched Blackpool slip back into the Championship at the weekend – but believes City can go one better than the Tangerines.

'We looked at Blackpool and it is so tough,' he said. 'They play in a similar style to us. If you ask me did they deserve to stay up? Well, the reality is they didn't, even with 39 points, which shows you how tough a league it is.

'If you had said that at the start of the season, you would've thought that was crazy. The Championship is a tough enough league. It is physical, it is Saturday, Tuesday nearly every week and it is demanding but when you step up to that one it is even more so. But it's a great challenge for us and one I'll look forward to.

'I can't see the gaffer changing it. I'm sure we'll work on a few things and maybe we'll be less open, but the gaffer won't change the way he wants to play.

'He wants us to go out and express ourselves and we enjoy that as players. To play a different way now would be going against his beliefs. We'll go up there and try to play good football and hope it's enough.'

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Martin is savouring a prolonged end to his campaign on the international stage after a two week break since helping Norwich clinch back-to-back promotions.

'To be honest I would start the season again tomorrow because it has been one of those when I have enjoyed myself so much,' he told the Scottish FA offical site.

'To achieve what we did and to play in every game was great. It was a big deal. My body was getting a little tired but I've had a couple of weeks break now.

'I was speaking to some of the lads at the weekend and they feel the same. We'd start again tomorrow. I was missing it already so I'm looking forward to training and to the games (with Scotland).

'It is sinking in slowly. Once we get the fixture list out and we see who we are playing then it will really start to hit home and it is obviously something to look forward too.

'It's been a great season – to go up, get this call up and then know I am going back to play in the Premier League. To have the opportunity to try and prove yourself in one of the best leagues in the world is exciting.'

Martin described his Scotland elevation as an 'honour' ahead of tomorrow's game against Wales in Dublin and this weekend's match against the host nation.

'I was aware that Craig Levein had come to watch me and his scout, Michael Oliver,' said Martin.

'But after he asked me to be honest it was at the back of my mind because we had a busy schedule ourselves but when the call came I was delighted.

'To be here with the squad is an absolute honour for me. The Norwich manager rang me and said he was delighted, it was something I deserved after this season and he told me to go up, do what I have been doing, and I'll be fine.

'He knows quite a few of the lads and he says they are good lads, so that side of it won't be a problem.

'It's been a great season. One I thoroughly enjoyed with what we achieved down the road. The manager spoke to me about a month or two ago and asked would I go if it happened. I said I would jump at the chance and it has come along, we got everything sorted in time and I am pleased to be here.'