Wednesday, 9 February 2011


United star Robert Snodgrass is hoping to tread the international stage for the first time on Wednesday as Scotland begin their Carling Nations Cup campaign against Northern Ireland in Dublin.
Scotland manager Craig Levein has confirmed his starting XI for the game, and Robert knows he will be among the substitutes for his country's opening match the Aviva Stadium.
"This is what I used to think about as a kid," said Robert. "It'll be great if I do get a run out. I know a few of the lads in the squad and have played against most of them or have come across them at some stage in my career.
"There's some good talent and hopefully we can get a result against Northern Ireland."
The competition kicked off on Tuesday evening with the Republic of Ireland beating Wales 3-0 in Dublin. The four-team tournament continues in May over a five-day period when the winners will be decided.
"There's some interesting games," said Robert. "It makes it that more exciting with the 'battle of Britain' type thing. It'd be even more exciting if England were in there, but there's some fantastic players involved and we've got to do as well we can do, and see where it takes us.
"It'll be very close. All the countries will fancy their chances. We're a strong team, we have boys playing in the Premiership who are learning their trade, and it'll be all the more sweeter if we can come back with a trophy."
Snod was expected to come against our on-loan defender George McCartney for Northern Ireland, but George withdrew from the squad at the weekend.
Also in international action on Wednesday are striker Davide Somma, for South Africa against Burkina Faso in Rustenburg, and Ramon Nunez, who is with Honduras. VOTE FOR NPOWER PLAYER OF YEAR

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