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Blackburn ace Rhodes eager for Scotland responsibility

Jordan Rhodes admits he would love to be given an opportunity for Scotland this week.

The Blackburn Rovers striker is preparing for the World Cup qualifier against Wales at Hampden Park on Friday and is eager to be given some responsibility up front after scoring 21 league goals so far this season.

"This will be (Gordon) Strachan's first competitive game so it is a new beginning for us all," he told MailSport.

"We had that win last month in the friendly against Estonia with Strachan in charge and I enjoyed my 45 minutes that night.

"I'd love a chance on Friday, under the floodlights at a packed Hampden Park. It won't come much better than that.

"The Scotland fans chanted my name in the game against Macedonia earlier in the campaign and that gave me goosebumps.

"It was an incredible feeling. It will never leave me.

"But I'm young and still learning. I need to improve my game so I'm not expecting to be an automatic pick.

"I need to be patient and, if given a chance, take it. It's quite simple."

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