Russell Martin believes Scotland have every chance of beating England
Norwich stopper Martin knows Scotland can revitalise their qualification prospects by defying the odds this weekend and ending a 32-year wait for a Hampden victory over the Auld Enemy.
The central defender reckons the Republic of Ireland’s unlikely triumph over Germany in Dublin in the Euro 2016 qualifiers – which helped Martin O’Neill’s team pip Scotland to the play-offs and eventual qualification for France – should be the inspiration for a home win. He said: “It happened to us in the last qualifying group. When we beat Ireland, everyone said they were dead and buried.
“Then they went and took three points off Germany and it totally changed the whole complexion of the group and in the end we didn’t qualify and they did.
“It just goes to show you what one big result can do for you.
Scotland were beaten 3-0 by England in the reverse fixture
“If we can get a draw or a win, the confidence it gives everyone going forward into the next part of the campaign would be huge, so it’s a massive chance to put a marker down.
“We’ll set up to try to win the game. I don’t think the manager would ever set up to try to draw a game, especially at this level.
“We believe we’re capable of getting a positive result and if we can get a big three points that the others aren’t getting then it could be the difference.
‘It’s going to be a battle out there, it’s going to be high tempo and fast paced and it’s about who settles down and deals with that quickest.”
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Martin hasn’t kicked a ball since the Canaries signed off their Championship campaign with a 4-0 win over QPR on May 7.
But he said: “There’s no doubt that it’s a bit of a challenge to ensure you’re match fit heading into the game. I’ve kept training and then I can get my rest in after.
“It’s going to come down to who imposes their style, their tempo, on the game quicker.”
The Scots, under boss Gordon Strachan, currently sit fourth in Group F but lie just two points adrift of Slovakia in the play-off position with them still to come to Hampden.