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Derby County striker Chris Martin delighted at Scotland call-up

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 14, 2014

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DERBY County striker Chris Martin says being selected for the Scotland squad is an honour.

The Rams top scorer has been included for the friendly against Nigeria at Fulham’s Craven Cottage on May 28 and is relishing the chance to show what he can do on the international stage.

“I spoke to Scotland manager Gordon Strachan a few times earlier this year and I’m glad he has seen enough in me to give me this opportunity,” said the 25-year-old.

“I am really relishing being in the squad.

“There is a massive game for Derby County first, the play-off final at Wembley, but this call-up is the icing on the cake for me, I guess.

“It is an honour for me although it has been a little while to get to this stage.

“There was talk of me being in the last squad, but clearance didn’t come from FIFA in time.

“I am glad to get that sorted.”

Martin was born in Norwich, but his dad was born and raised in Glasgow.

“He came south of the border in his early 20s, but I qualify for Scotland through him, and we still have some family up there,” said Martin. “I’ve had a bit of stick and people saying I’m not Scottish, but I very much am.”

Martin is joined in the squad by his Derby team-mates Craig Forsyth and Craig Bryson.

“It’s nice to have Fozzy [Craig Forsyth) and Bryso [Craig Bryson] in the squad too. It will be good to have a few familiar faces around me.

“Hopefully we can show everyone that we all deserve to be in there.”

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