Norwich City stars will be hoping for a rare Wembley date ahead of new Premier League season
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It is almost 30 years since Norwich City last played a competitive fixture at Wembley Stadium – yet a healthy contingent of Chris Hughton's squad will hope they have already done enough to turn out at English football's headquarters before next season.
Just three days before the opening weekend of the Premier League campaign, England host Scotland for a friendly at Wembley. And given some of the City stars' performances in their previous international outing, several could be on show under the famous arch.
'I've never played at Wembley – it's never going to be a friendly, is it?' said Russell Martin, who put in a man of the match effort in Scotland's stunning win in Croatia earlier this month – before getting married soon after. 'The boys will be well up for that. We've shown we are capable of competing with anyone.'
Martin, Steve Whittaker and Scotland's goal hero in Zagreb, Robert Snodgrass, all played the full 90 minutes for what was a patched up side put together by new boss Gordon Strachan. And he may well give them another bite of the cherry in Scotland's next fixture – their Wembley date on August 14.
The game may also have Norwich representation on the opposite side of course, should goalkeeper John Ruddy be handed his return to Roy Hodgson's squad. Joe Hart, Ben Foster and Reading's Alex McCarthy were Hodgson's chosen three for his most recent friendlies.
Meanwhile, Martin hopes he has finally pressed home his claims for regular Scotland game time – having before Zagreb stated how no one in Scotland knew who he was: 'It couldn't have gone any better – I wanted the chance to play in my preferred position of centre-half and hopefully I've proved a point.
'I've belief deep down I can play at international level and maybe I've gone some way towards proving that. I want to be involved more regularly and hopefully it will give me a chance to establish myself.
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'It was one of the proudest nights of my career because I don't think anyone expected us to go there and get a result like that. Hopefully it's the start of something for me.
'It's up there with the best results I've ever had and although we can't qualify, it's still a massive result and restores a bit of confidence in the squad.'