No regrets for Phillips

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Matt Phillips insists he has no regrets about switching allegiance from England to Scotland as he prepares to make his international debut against the United States this weekend.

Born in Aylesbury and having already represented England at under-19 and under-20 level, the Blackpool winger caused something of a stir when he opted for Craig Levein's Scots side.

His eligibility comes courtesy of Scottish grandparents and, speaking at the team's training base in Florida ahead of Saturday's clash in Jacksonville, Phillips told Press Association Sport: "I've got no regrets. It was a decision that I made over a long period of time."

He added: "I've had various meetings with the scout, Mick Oliver, and the gaffer so I'm delighted and I'm looking forward to the future.

"I always thought it was important to come away before the qualifiers to get the experience and get to know everyone and the set-up and I'm really looking forward to the games now."

A hamstring injury denied him his debut in Scotland's last outing, a friendly in Slovenia in February, and Phillips is delighted the wait is about to come to an end.

He said: "Since I made the decision, I've been waiting for the next game.

"I missed out on the Slovenia game through injury so I'm delighted to be on this trip and hopefully get my cap."

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