Football - Jordan tips Phillips to shine

Former Scotland striker Joe Jordan has tipped his QPR winger Matt Phillips to be an asset for the national team.

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Matt Phillips, right, has impressed for QPR since returning from injury

Phillips was recalled for the friendlies against the United States on Friday and Norway four days later despite missing out on recent squads following a broken arm.

It is a sign of how much Gordon Strachan wants to integrate him into his squad that Phillips got in ahead of the likes of Ross McCormack, who has scored eight goals in six games for Leeds.

Harry Redknapp also took a gamble on Phillips by buying the 22-year-old from Blackpool despite him being sidelined with the arm injury.

And Jordan, Redknapp's assistant, has not been disappointed with the form the winger has shown following his comeback.

English-born Phillips has only won two caps for Scotland. He made his only start in the 5-1 friendly defeat by the USA in June 2012 before coming off the bench for 10 minutes of Scotland's 2-0 loss to Belgium later that year.

And Jordan believes his fellow Scots will be impressed when they see more of him.

He told Press Association Sport: "He's a player that can be a match-winner and I think he is showing that now. He is getting a regular game with us now and the more games he gets, the better he will be.

"He has played well in the last few games. We knew when we bought him that he had this problem. It was a nasty one but we took him on board knowing he would be unavailable for a number of weeks.

"So it's been a stop-start first quarter of the season for him but he is out the blocks now.

"He is getting games and he is playing well.

"He's a good player. He's a big powerful lad, great touch, can get a goal and make a goal. He just needs football, minutes on the pitch."

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