Martin aims to keep Scots spot
Russell Martin aims to keep his place in the Scotland squad after making his debut against Wales.
Last Updated: 26/05/11 9:27am
Russell Martin is determined to keep his place in the Scotland squad after making his international debut against Wales.
The Norwich City defender appeared as a substitute for the final 10 minutes of Scotland's 3-1 win over Wales in the Carling Nations Cup on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old has been desperate to represent the Scots since holding talks with Norwich boss Paul Lambert about his national career prospects months ago.
And, while hopeful of having a part to play at international level, Martin was surprised just how quickly he earned his first cap after being called up to the squad for the first time last week.
He said: "It's something I've wanted for a while, pretty much the whole season to be honest.
"As soon as the gaffer (Lambert) spoke to me a few months ago and planted the seed in my head, it was something to aim for. Thankfully it has come.
"It was a surprise I got it so early, I thought I'd maybe have to prove myself again next season. But it has come and hopefully I'll do enough to stay in the squad in the future."
Scotland staged an impressive comeback to win the game after Rob Earnshaw fired Wales into a half-time lead at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
Scotland levelled shortly after the restart through James Morrison before Kenny Miller and Christophe Berra grabbed a goal apiece, allowing coach Craig Levein to hand debuts to both Martin and Blackburn's Grant Hanley late on.
Martin added: "I really enjoyed it and I was delighted to get my first cap. I was hoping I'd get on at some point and get a good 10 minutes or so.
"Catching up with the pace of the game was hard work but the boys had the game won by that point and were playing well so it was a great feeling."