SIMON GRAYSON hopes Huddersfield Town's World Cup duo Paul Dixon and Oliver Norwood put another tick against their international credentials tonight before returning to duty with Town.
The 25-year-old Dixon is aiming to earn a second full cap for Scotland against Macedonia after an impressive qualifying debut in the 0-0 draw with Serbia, while Norwood could get a chance for Northern Ireland against Luxembourg after being an unused sub for the 2-0 defeat in Russia.
Both will be in Grayson’s starting line-up when Town return to Championship action against Derby County at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday – and the boss expects them to be full of confidence.
"Paul’s debut performance will have done him no end of good and worked wonders for his confidence," said Grayson, who is ‘plugging away’ on possible loan signings.
"He played ever so well against Serbia and to do that in such an important game is significant for him and significant for the club.
"Paul has grown in stature as a result and, even if the lads who were originally in the squad are now fit again, he has shown what he can do and he’s done his chances of more international involvement no harm whatsoever.
"I’m delighted for the lad, because he’s a good worker, he wants to learn and he was determined to join us and further his career – and it’s already happening for him.
"He’s settled in well here, we like the attacking quality he gives us and his attitude is spot on, so the whole package of his game is one that appeals."
On midfielder Norwood, Grayson added: "Ollie will be disappointed he wasn’t involved (against Russia) because he has made an excellent start to the season.