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Rhodes the Diplomat
Published : 12 Sep 2012 10:11:14Rss feed
He may have scored a barrelload of goals last season but Jordan Rhodes is not out to demand anything.
Jordan Rhodes is not joining in the chants from the Scotland fans to get a starting berth in the national side. For the moment, he is content to continue learning his craft and helping to cause when called upon. For a second game in four days, the Hampden crowd were calling for the Blackburn striker's squad number to be held aloft before he was brought on, as a 66th-minute substitute in last night's 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw against Macedonia. Rhodes scored on his staring debut against Australia last month with some fans looking to him to be the saviour to get the goals needed to take Scotland to Brazil. The 0-0 result against Serbia on Saturday did nothing to quieten the calls for Rhodes' name to be in the starting 11. Kenny Miller scored his 17th international goal to draw Scotland level two minutes before half-time with Rhodes admitting afterwards he is happy to play understudy to the experienced Vancouver White Caps forward. He said: "I'm just very happy to be part of the squad. Eighteen months ago I never had any international recognition at any stage. To think back to then and fast forward 18 months and for you guys to be sticking microphones in my face asking these questions all seems a little bit surreal. I'm just happy to be here and I'm enjoying very minute." Fans like to see goals scored and calling for Rhodes is not unexpected when he scored 40 goals for Huddersfield and eight times for Scotland Under-21s last season. The £8million striker, who came close with a diving header, said: "It's very flattering and it's a huge compliment to someone that's only 22 years old and feel as if I've not really done too much in the game. I would have loved to have come on and rewarded them but it wasn't to be. I just tried to give my best and that's all you can do. I'll give it my best go and hopefully that will be good enough." Rhodes has learnt quickly not to get drawn into awkward questions about grievances among some fans towards manager Craig Levein, who has stressed that the striker will play a major part in the coming years but has little experience outside of League One. Rhodes said: "I just give my best in training and show a good attitude. Whether I'm starting or coming off the bench or not being involved at all, I'll support Scotland no matter what. I'll encourage whoever will be playing at the time and of course, like any other Scotsman, I want the team to do well."