Norwich City trio may face country call

At least three of Norwich City’s senior players could be on international duty just three days before the Premier League season kicks off.

The four home nations, plus the Republic of Ireland, all have fixtures on the evening of Wednesday, August 10.

It means the Canaries’ new Scotland cap, defender Russell Martin, and Wales international pair Andrew Crofts and Steve Morison may all be needed by their national team bosses less than 72 hours ahead of the opening Premier League match at Wigan.

Scotland face Denmark in what is billed as a Vauxhall International Challenge match at Hampden Park, while Wales also have a home friendly, against Australia at Cardiff City Stadium. On a busy night for the British teams, England face Holland in a friendly at Wembley, while Northern Ireland have a European Championship qualifier at home to the Faroe Islands. In addition, the Republic play host to Croatia in a friendly.

There were similar early-season internationals last year when midfielder Crofts missed City’s Carling Cup tie against Gillingham in the first week of the campaign, appearing briefly as a substitute in a 5-1 win over Luxembourg, a game that also featured striker Morison. Full-back Martin is new to the international scene, making his debut for Scotland as a substitute in the 3-1 win over Wales in the Carling Nations Cup in Dublin in May.