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Rhodes hopes Blackburn form leads to Scotland recall

Jordan Rhodes is intent on continuing his strong Blackburn Rovers form in order to win another cap for Scotland.

The 23-year old striker has scored three times in 11 internationals since his 2011 debut but has not played for his country since September after pulling out of a trio of fixtures.

Rhodes, who missed the three matches because of injury, is determined to add to his 16 goals in 26 Championship appearances for Blackburn to win a spot in Gordon Strachan's squad for the March friendly with Poland in Warsaw.

"I'll just try and keep working hard with Blackburn Rovers and hopefully, come March time when we've got the friendly against Poland, that can warrant a call-up," he told BBC Sport.

"(Competition for the striker position) is very strong at the moment. You've got the likes of Leigh Griffiths scoring goals for Wolves in League One, you've got (Leeds United's) Ross McCormack and I know Kris Boyd's doing really well up here (with Kilmarnock).

"And that's not even taking (Sunderland's) Steven Fletcher and (Everton's) Steven Naismith into it.

"Competition is fierce and that can only be a good thing for Scotland as a nation. I think everything in 2014 will be geared towards getting the preparation right and getting ourselves in good shape, in a good mental state for the (Euro 2016) qualifiers in August, September time.

"It would be nice to get a little home fixture to get the Hampden crowd really up for what might be a special campaign and hopefully at the end of it going to a major finals. That would be fantastic."

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