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Russell Martin: The perfect game to have

6 June 2017

RUSSELL Martin considers Scotland's World Cup Qualifying clash with England on Saturday (5pm) to be the 'perfect' game to have.

The two nations meet at Hampden Park in what is effectively the off-season, with Gordon Strachan's men fully aware the impact a positive result could have on their aims to reach next summer's Finals. 

Speaking to about the highly-anticipated clash, Martin said: "It's always a massive game, but especially in terms of the group.

"If we get a win then we would give ourselves a massive chance. It would be unbelievable for the team, and for the country.

"We've had a few games against England over the last few years which have been close. The last one was closer than it looked because the boys actually played well.

"If you were going to have a game at this time, Scotland-England is the one you'd want. The fans will be buzzing for it and all the players are desperate to be involved."

Explaining the preparations which go into such a fixture, the 31-year-old added: "I've been carrying on training, because you need to go into a game of that magnitude as fit as you can.

"By carrying on training while on holiday, you're ready when you go up there. It's always intense when we're up there, the training is always tough.

"We need to be up to speed and as fit as possible. The last result we had put ourselves right back in it and restored belief in the group.

"If we were to get a win it would be massive for us."

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