Langfield out to seize chance
Jamie Langfield hopes to make the most of his opportunity after being called up for the friendly with Japan.
Last Updated: 08/10/09 9:37am
Jamie Langfield hopes to make the most of his opportunity after being called up to the Scotland squad for the friendly with Japan.
The Aberdeen goalkeeper could be handed an international debut in Yokohama as George Burley casts an eye over some fresh faces.
He is delighted to be in contention and believes playing in such a match would be a special occasion.
"It was great to receive the call-up and it's going to be fantastic. When you see the Japanese games on TV the crowds are phenomenal with a brilliant atmosphere," Langfield said in the Daily Record.
"The people seem to love their football and hopefully I'll get a chance to play."
Langfield is also looking forward to testing himself against Shunsuke Nakamura, even though he is fully aware of the former Celtic midfielder's brilliance from set-pieces.
"Like every SPL keeper I was delighted when Nakamura left Celtic to play in Spain," he said.
"He scored a couple of his specials against me, although I'm not alone on that score.
"Hopefully he'll be playing in this game and it would be great to face one of his free-kicks again."
Sunderland's Craig Gordon will remain Burley's first choice keeper for competitive fixtures but Langfield insists he feels honoured just to be in the squad.
He explained: "You head into a squad knowing if Craig is fit he'll be playing and that is something you have to accept as a back-up keeper.
"He is in a league of his own but if he were to get injured or suspended you have to take your chance.
"I'm a Scotland fan so I love being involved. It's great training and working with the boys."