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No regrets for "fully Scottish" Bardsley
Published : 13 Oct 2010 09:00:24Rss feed
Phil Bardsley insists he has no regrets about switching allegiance to Scotland after making what was almost a dream debut against world champions Spain at Hampden.The England-born full-back qualifies through his Glaswegian father and had previously rejected Scotland's advances before winning his first call-up last week. He was an unused substitute in the defeat to the Czech Republic in Prague at the weekend but was thrown in at the deep end in place of the injured Alan Hutton against Spain.That means there is no way back for the Sunderland defender but he said: "I don't have one regret whatsoever. I'm fully Scottish now and I'm here for as long as the manager of the national team picks me."I'm enjoying it and I hope it continues. It was a great experience for me and for my family to be here and watch me, it's an experience I will never forget. This time last week I was probably sitting in Nando's having some dinner and it's all just happened so quickly."I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm delighted to be part of it and involved in games like this, it's tremendous. There had been rumours about me playing and the manager named the team in the afternoon and, fortunately for me, I was to make my debut at Hampden Park against Spain."What an experience. You get the little nerves beforehand but once you get out there, you're raring to go, you're focused on the game and the concentration levels are high. I did okay and hopefully the manager sees that."