Jordan Rhodes happy at Scotland role after impressing as sub in Macedonia draw
Last Updated: 12/09/12 8:03am
Jordan Rhodes: Impressed after coming on as substitute against Macedonia
Jordan Rhodes says he is happy just to be a part of the Scotland squad after impressing in the 1-1 draw with Macedonia.
For a second match running, the Hampden crowd chanted the Blackburn striker's name before he was brought on, as a 66th-minute substitute.
Rhodes became an instant hero when he scored on his first start against Australia last month with some fans pinning their hopes on him to get the goals needed to take Scotland to Brazil and calls intensified after the goalless draw with Serbia on Saturday.
Kenny Miller started again and netted 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 forward.
Scotland held by Macedonia
"I'm just very happy to be part of the squad," he said. "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."
The demand for Rhodes is also down to his incredible season when he netted 40 goals for Huddersfield and eight times for Scotland Under-21s.
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."