McCormack wants more goals

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Ross McCormack came off the bench to score for Scotland
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Ross McCormack came off the bench to score for Scotland

Ross McCormack savoured a "sweet" return to international football with an impressive strike in Scotland's 3-1 victory over Australia, and then vowed to keep scoring the goals that will keep him in the frame for a World Cup role.

Less than 10 minutes after coming off the bench at Easter Road, McCormack dispossessed Lucas Neill, nutmegged another Australian defender and fired a 20-yard shot in between two opponents that wrongfooted the goalkeeper and nestled in the bottom corner.

The forward's celebrations saw him release the frustration of being forced to watch his Scotland team-mates from afar despite hitting 19 goals for Leeds last season. "It was a sweet moment," McCormack said of his goal. "Obviously it's just good first and foremost to be back involved with the boys and out there on the pitch."

Before Wednesday night, McCormack had only made two brief substitute appearances since Craig Levein took charge in December 2009, both in the Carling Nations Cup in May last year.

McCormack expressed his frustration at being overlooked last season, but he turned that into a positive force after being a late call-up for Scotland's final warm-up before their World Cup campaign begins against Serbia on September 8.

McCormack added: "The gaffer said I wouldn't start the game, he would give me half an hour to go out and impress. I'm thankful for that and hopefully I can keep playing well for Leeds and get in the next squad as well. It's up to me to go back to Leeds now and keep trying to score goals and keep catching the manager's eyes."

McCormack's future has been the subject of speculation over the summer with Brighton, Everton and Huddersfield among those linked with moves. The former Rangers, Motherwell and Cardiff player has been the subject of bids but he is keen to extend his Elland Road contract, which expires next summer.

McCormack's career stalled briefly after making a major initial impact in English football following his move from Fir Park to Cardiff in 2008. McCormack scored his first goal for Scotland in a World Cup qualifying win over Iceland at Hampden in April 2009 and looked set to kick-start a successful international career.

Having won his eighth cap, he is just keen to ensure he keeps playing first-team football and is settled at Leeds.

"I've said from day one, for me it's about playing," the 25-year-old said. "I played last year, the two seasons before that I didn't really play. It's about continuity and I firmly believe that if I stay at Leeds and keep doing what I can do, I can keep getting in these squads and keep doing well."

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