Martin targets Scotland call-up

Martin was a consistent performer during Norwich’s promotion run

from the Championship following his move from Peterborough in

January 2010. The 25-year-old full-back made his senior

international debut over the summer in the Carling Nations Cup

against Wales, but has not been included by Scotland manager Craig

Levein for next week’s game with Denmark. Martin, though, hopes

that once he gets some more regular Premier League action under his

belt, it will not be long before the Scotland call comes again. “I

was disappointed when the squad was announced not to be in it, but

(Alan) Hutton has proved himself at that level and obviously

(Steven) Whittaker has been playing for the last couple of weeks.

Hopefully I will play some games down here and do all right and

force my way back into it,” Martin said in the Eastern Daily Press.

“Every week is going to be tough, but coming up against people like

(Gareth) Bale and (Ryan) Giggs is the reason why you play football.

“It is going to be a test when you come up against the best players

in the world week in, week out.” Paul Lambert has taken Norwich

back up from League One in successive seasons, and has moved to

reinforce his squad with seven summer additions. However, striker

James Vaughan, signed from Everton, and centre-back Elliott will

miss the start of the season after picking up minor knee injuries

during a training camp in Germany. Norwich drew 1-1 with Real

Zaragoza in midweek, and Martin is confident the Canaries have what

it takes to be competitive once the action starts at Wigan next

weekend. “There is no fear or trepidation about the squad. We want

to prove ourselves and every player has something to prove,” he

said. “That is why we have got success these last two years and

hopefully we can do the same. “The manager has said we have worked

so hard to get here, just carry on doing the things that got you

success and I am sure we will be fine.” Norwich, meanwhile, have

denied reports they had accepted a bid for striker Grant Holt from

big-spending Leicester, insisting “our captain is not for sale”.

The Canaries play their final pre-season friendly against Italian

side Parma at Carrow Road on Saturday.