Robert Snodgrass made the most of his starting debut against Denmark, scoring the winning goal at Hampden Park. Now the invigorated Norwich City attacker is aiming for a similar impact against Australia tonight to boost his prospects of a place in the FIFA World Cup Qualifying double-header against Serbia and Macedonia next month.
Snodgrass will start tonight alongside Jordan Rhodes and a fit-again Steven Naismith and he is determined to put on a show.
“Obviously I am delighted to have another chance to prove myself against Australia,” he said. “I want to show the manager I can play at this level. I got off to a good start against Denmark with the goal but I know how difficult it is for the manager to keep everyone happy, especially in midfield where there are so many options.
“It is important to make a contribution every time you are given a chance and especially so in the last game before two massive World Cup qualifiers.”
Snodgrass has enjoyed a satisfying summer, completing a £3m transfer to Norwich City in the Premier League. It was a wrench for the Leeds United captain to leave Elland Road but ambition to play at the highest level for club and country proved irresistible.
“Obviously playing in the Barclays Premier League will help me improve but Leeds United gave me the opportunity to show what I could do and I am grateful,” he said. “I feel I am still improving as a player and experience of international football will help that continue. This is a really exciting time just before the start of a World Cup qualifying campaign and we all want to be involved.”
Snodgrass is now firmly part of the Scotland A squad family cultivated by Craig Levein and he believes the unity will be key to success. “Everyone wants to give 100% for the manager and it is great to be a part of the squad.
“We want to get off to a good start against Serbia and Macedonia but first we have t make sure we produce a good performance and result against Australia. If I can contribute to that then hopefully I will enhance my chances of playing at Hampden next month.”