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'No doom and gloom for Scots' says Norwich star Russell Martin

Norwich City defender Russell Martin Photo: ITV Anglia

Norwich City defender Russell Martin hopes he will be involved in Scotland's World Cup qualifying campaign when the next international break comes along.

Martin had to miss the games against Serbia and Macedonia because of an ankle injury.

Speaking ahead of City's Premier League game with West Ham on Saturday, Martin said 'It's been really frustrating to be honest but it was the best decision because it meant I could use the time to get right for this Saturday.

'It's very important to be playing well for Norwich City and then get selected for the Scotland squad so I need to be doing well down here to be selected.

'I'm disappointed. I want to be involved, especially with the World Cup qualifiers. Hopefully I can keep playing okay and get into the next one'.

Scotland drew their opening two games at Hampden Park, but Martin insists it's not a bad start to the campaign.

'International Football is really tough, no matter who you play against', Martin added. 'You saw the other night against Macedonia. They're not the highest ranked team but they were fantastic on the night at Hampden, and it makes it hard for the boys.

'There's a lot of expectancy and pressure on them. People think they're going to just turn up and win both games because they're at home, but it doesn't work like that'.

'Serbia showed what a good team they were by beating Wales how they did, so it's extremely tough. But, like the manager said, those two points could be very important come the end of the campaign, and things don't come together overnight'.

'It's not all doom and gloom at all. The boys are still positive in the group and hopefully they can kick on from there'.

As for Norwich's meeting with West Ham, Martin hopes he can make a significant contribution after coming close to scoring in his last two Premier League outings.

'I scored a couple of goals from set pieces last year, so hopefully if I can keep getting in the box one will come' Martin added.

'I was disappointed not to score at Tottenham especially, but hopefully the lads can keep working on delivering the balls into the box and hopefully I can get one soon'.

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