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CITY'S SCOTS LOSE OUT

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23:39 14th August 2013

by Norwich City Football Club

Canary trio in action at Wembley

NORWICH CITY defenders Russell Martin and Steven Whittaker both got through 90 minutes for Scotland as they narrowly lost 3-2 to England in their friendly meeting at Wembley on Wednesday night.

Winger Robert Snodgrass also started but was substituted with 25 minutes left, with the good news being that all of City's playing contingent appeared to progress through the match injury-free ahead of Saturday's Premier League curtain-raiser against Everton.

Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy was an unused substitute for the hosts, who eventually triumphed thanks to a winner from debutant Rickie Lambert.

Scotland had earlier twice taken the lead through James Morrison and Kenny Miller, only to be pegged back by goals from Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck.

Snodgrass was involved straight from the off as he picked up the ball on the edge of the box in the first minute, but his shot was successful blocked by an England defender.

Scotland capitalised on a fast start with the game's opening goal on 11 minutes - Morrison was allowed too much space on the edge of England's box, and his shot was too hot to handle for Joe Hart and diverted into the top corner.

Shortly after Snodgrass had a decent free-kick shout turned down after a tackle from Steven Gerrard, England equalised when Walcott latched onto a through-ball, skipped inside City full-back Steven Whittaker and planted the ball home.

The hosts had been getting into the game and might have equalised just before had Russell Martin not superbly blocked Tom Cleverley's effort on the line.

The intensity of the encounter didn't relent after the break, and Scotland re-took the lead on 49 minutes through Miller before Welbeck nodded home a leveller for England from Gerrard's free-kick.

Snodgrass was causing the home team problems but was hauled off on 66 minutes after picking up a booking, before substitute Lambert made it an England debut to remember by powering home a header on 70 minutes to give England the victory.


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