Sunderland fullback Bardsley admits Scotland debut raising profile

Sunderland fullback Phil Bardsley admits making his Scotland debut has given him a confidence boost.

Sunderland fullback Phil Bardsley admits making his Scotland debut has given him a confidence boost.

Bardsley, who had a spell on loan at Rangers in 2006, was born in England but qualifies for Scotland through his father, who was born in Glasgow.

And, the player admits that his call-up by manager Craig Levein has boosted his position.

Bardsley said: "I want a new contract. Certainly the international call-up can't have done me any harm, but it's not up to me.

"I just want to enjoy my football and keep doing well. I'm enjoying my football more than ever at the moment.

"I've been asked to play left-back and I've just come in and done my best. I was determined to make the most of the chance.

"For the Scotland call-up to come on the back of that...I was delighted.

"To make my debut against Spain - the world champions - was an incredible experience. I spent most of the game up against Andres Iniesta - so an easy day at the office, eh!"

 
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