Martin retains international ambition

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Russell Martin has set his sights on remaining in Craig Levein's plans after making his Scotland debut against Wales on Wednesday.

The Brighton-born full-back - who qualifies through his Irvine-born father - has been desperate to represent the Scots since holding talks with his Norwich boss, Paul Lambert, about his national career prospects months ago and made his bow in the last 10 minutes of the 3-1 Carling Nations Cup win.

"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," Martin said. "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 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."

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