Huddersfield Town’s Jordan Rhodes hopes for fresh Scotland Under 21 call

HUDDERSFIELD Town's Jordan Rhodes expects to discover in the next few days whether he’s in the latest Scotland Under 21 squad.

HUDDERSFIELD Town's Jordan Rhodes expects to discover in the next few days whether he’s in the latest Scotland Under 21 squad.

If selected for the European Championship qualifiers away to Luxembourg and at home to Austria, the Town man will miss the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy second-round derby at home to Bradford tomorrow week and the League I visit of Stevenage Borough on Saturday, October 8.

Billy Stark’s side head to Luxembourg on Thursday, October 6, before taking on Austria at St Mirren Park in Paisley on Monday, October 10.

Four-goal frontman Rhodes, who went on off the bench to replace seven-goal top scorer Lee Novak in the 69th minute of Saturday’s 2-2 home draw with Leyton Orient, won his third Under 21 cap as the Scots drew 0-0 with Bulgaria at St Mirren in their opening qualifier earlier this month.

In all, they will play eight games in a group including Holland through to September next year as they bid to make the finals in Israel in 2013.

Rhodes, who was born in Oldham but qualifies for Scotland through the schooling rule (dad Andy played North of the border for seven years), said: “It’s frustrating not to be available for club matches, but it’s an honour to play at international level.

“I’m keeping my fingers crossed I get a call, but if not, I’ll keep working as hard as I can and hope I get a chance the next time.”

The immediate priority for Rhodes and his Galpharm teammates is preparing for Saturday’s trip to Brentford, who are sixth to Town’s eighth after their 2-0 win at Oldham, when ex-Leeds man Jonthan Douglas and Myles Weston scored.

Both sides will have players suspended after Town defender Jamie McCombe and Brentford’s on-loan Blackpool defender Miguel Llera were sent off on Saturday.

On-loan Town winger Aidan Chippendale made a full debut for Inverness Caledonian Thistle in their 2-0 Scottish Premier League defeat by Celtic in front of 47,382 at Parkhead on Saturday.

 

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