Steven Whittaker, Robert Snodgrass and Russell Martin all took diverse routes to get to Norwich City but all have gone on to become key components for the Barclays Premier League side. With that steady success has come international recognition.
No club has provided more members for Gordon Strachan's squad for the looming World Cup qualifying double-header against Belgium and Macedonia, with every chance that Whittaker, Snodgrass and Martin will start both games. The trio all have different backgrounds - Whittaker is from Edinburgh, Snodgrass Glasgow while Martin is Brighton-born - but it helps provide some continuity during the international break.
"It is good to have some familiar faces at club and international level," said Whittaker. "My [Norwich] team-mates expect us to get a hard game with the players Belgium have. Hopefully we can get two good results and I can go back with a smile on my face."
Whittaker has established himself as the first-choice right-back for Chris Hughton's side but there is every chance he will need to switch to the other side for his country with Alan Hutton, who he went on to replace in the Rangers team five years ago, likely to start on the right in Gordon Strachan's selection. As affable and down-to-earth a person as you ever likely to meet, that won't be a problem for the 29-year-old. "Left-back tends to be the position I am fighting for with Scotland rather than being the right-back," he acknowledged. "Alan Hutton has shown time and time again that he is capable of playing there and putting in performances. So I have been selected at left-back and I will do my best there."
For a while Whittaker faced competition for that position at club level as well. Martin, however, has of late played more often in central defence for Norwich and showed in strong performances against Croatia and England that he can play there for his adopted county too. Whittaker hopes the path is now open for his team-mate to make that berth his own for years to come. "I hope he can nail that position down," he added. "I see him every day at Norwich and he is a great pro and is more than capable of playing at this level. He has shown over the last two games that he can do well.
"He is a bit like me, where he can play left-back, right-back or centre-half. We are both versatile and we can play in the same position or team, if required."
The third of the Norwich trio is Snodgrass, an attacking midfielder with a goal threat as Croatia found to their cost back in June. "Last year he was our best attacking player," added Whittaker. "His deliveries from set-plays were unbelievable. He set up a lot of goals and scored a few for us as well. He's had some big things said about him and hopefully he can keep it going this season for Norwich and Scotland."
Whittaker knows he will have his hands full on Friday night trying to stem the attacking threat of Belgium whose squad features some of the finest players in Europe. With Chelsea's Eden Hazard, Nacer Chadli of Tottenham Hotspur or Axel Witsel of Zenit St Petersburg likely to be stationed on the wings it could be a testing night for the full-backs. "When you look at their individual players they are a nation progressing," added Whittaker. "People are taking notice because of where their players are playing. Whether they are of the stature of a Spain or Italy remains to be seen but they are definitely up-and-coming.
"There is talent all the way through their team and it is just important we concentrate on our own team and try to put in a performance that will see us win. They have a lot of stars who play in the Premiership.
"It will be a tough game but the last two games were of similar quality and we managed to contain them and put in good performances."