Norwich City’s Robert Snodgrass looks forward to renewing Anglo-Scottish rivalry

Robert Snodgrass has a Wembley date for Scotland against England on the horizon ahead of the Premier

Robert Snodgrass has a Wembley date for Scotland against England on the horizon ahead of the Premier League opener on August 17. Picture: Lyndsay Radnedge at Center Line Soccer. - Credit: Archant

Robert Snodgrass has revealed the Anglo-Scottish banter has already started inside the Norwich City changing room ahead of a prestige Wembley friendly three days before the Premier League kick-off.

Snodgrass, along with club team mates Russell Martin and Steven Whittaker, were named in Gordon Strachan's latest squad for the renewal of a fierce rivalry last played in 1999.

Canaries' assistant boss Colin Calderwood was on the bench for the Scots on that occasion but Don Hutchison's winner proved academic in a 2-1 Uefa European Championship play-off aggregate defeat.

City keeper John Ruddy could be named in Roy Hodgson's England squad today and Snodgrass admitted Norwich's number one had begun the countdown to a potential cross-club clash.

'Yeah, John has already been giving us a little bit of stick,' said Snodgrass, who scored the winner for his country at the start of this summer in a shock 1-0 World Cup qualifying win in Croatia. 'I think it is a good challenge for us before the season starts and that is another aim for me - to get as fit as I possibly can so I am hopefully selected because there is no better game to do it than Wembley. I have never played there before so it will be a good chance and it would be a good learning curve. All I try to do is take what I do for my club onto the international stage. There is a little bit of belief into the camp after Croatia because no-one gave us a chance and we did it. We can't get carried away - we are where we are at the moment - but what that result did is set up a good platform for us to try and build. The manager has brought in some new personnel round about the place and some youngsters and it only bodes well for the future.'

Snodgrass believes City's international contingent is still behind the rest of City's squad after being given an extended close season break.

'The other boys were back seven to ten days before the likes of me Russ and Stevie Whittaker so we are probably playing a wee bit of catch up,' he said. 'We're working hard behind the scenes and the main aim is to be ready for when the real business starts around the corner. The new lads bring their own individual presence and the gaffer is clever with his signings. He has shown that in the past and he looks to have done the same again this time around. They have got great records, they have played at a good level and I think people are itching to see them in action. We are trying to get together and start to gel but it will take time.'

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