Grant fails to tempt Martin
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Peter Grant admits he did ask ask Chris Martin to pledge his allegiance to Scotland.
Norwich boss Peter Grant has revealed he tried to persuade Chris Martin to pledge his allegiance to Scotland.
Martin has earned rave reviews for his performances in the Championship this year and is eligible to play for Scotland as his father is from Glasgow.
Proud Scotsman Grant spoke to Martin about his options and even contacted Alex McLeish, but the 18-year-old explained that he was committed to England.
Grant told EDP24: "I didn't realise his dad was Glaswegian until I spoke to him.
"Then I spoke to Alex McLeish and his assistant Archie Knox about him - they didn't realise his father was Glaswegian, they thought maybe it was third generation or something like that.
"They were very, very keen to take him to the World Cup Under 20 tournament in the summer.
"I am a very proud Scotsman, so yes, for sure I would be crazy not to have wanted Chris."
Martin scored on his debut for England Under 19s on Wednesday and Grant believes Scotland's loss could be Steve McClaren's gain.
"I have no problem with it (his decision). I wish him all the very best and I will be a big England supporter when he is playing.
"I was delighted when he scored the other night because there is no better feeling than playing for your country.
"I was fortunate enough to play and captain my country at almost every level - I played for the full international side as well and that was the only team I never captained.
"So I was very proud to be a rampant Lion, and for him to have Three Lions on his jersey is something for him to be very proud of - his parents will be very proud of him."