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Norwich defender confident ahead of Belgium clash

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Norwich City and Scotland defender Russell Martin is approaching Friday's World Cup qualifier against Belgium with confidence. 

You could forgive the Scotland players for fearing the worst ahead of their vital match against Group A leaders Belgium at Hampden Park. 

The Scots are out-classed on paper but that has not stopped them causing an upset or two in the past, especially with the Hampden crowd behind them, and Norwich City captain Russell Martin, thinks the Belgians will be in for a tougher game than they may anticipate. 

According to the MailMartin is confident ahead of the game and knows an upset can be sprung if things go well for the home side. 

"We are at home and we will have the crowd right behind us. After the last two performances, regardless of the last result, I think we've got plenty to be positive about and plenty to look forward to going into a big game."

Under current boss Gordon Strachan, Scotland have won two and lost three, but did beat second placed Croatia in Zagreb in the current qualifiers, and Martin can sense the change in performances since the departure of Craig Levein. 

"The way the manager wants us to play attacking football, he wants us to keep the ball a lot more than we have been doing. There has been a real togetherness in the way we have defended. 

"There have been regular faces in the squad and everyone gets to know each other a bit better and knows each others game. Freshness in football, and sometimes a change in personnel with staff, can help and it seems to have done that so far," he added.

It's unlikely that Scotland will qualify for next summer's World Cup but improving performances can build confidence, and a win against the Belgian's would give a nation hope going into the final three fixtures. 

"We are heading in the right direction and I think people can see that we are trying to progress in the right way and hopefully the results will keep coming," Martin concluded. 

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