Phillips promises better days to come

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Matt Phillips insists there is plenty more to come from him in a Scotland jersey after making his debut on a night to forget for the national team.

The Blackpool winger finally ended his wait for a first cap, having been forced to pull out of the last outing against Slovenia in February through injury. He knows his maiden bow will be remembered for all the wrong reasons after the Scots crashed to a heavy 5-1 defeat to the USA in Florida.

However, Phillips - who switched allegiance after representing England at Under-19 and Under-20 level - was thrilled to make his first appearance despite the result. He said: "I'm delighted to have made my debut. It was a tough game but there is more to come."

Landon Donovan claimed a hat-trick and Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones helped themselves to a goal apiece in a match that saw Scotland trail by two goals after just 11 minutes. Even their goal came courtesy of the hosts after Geoff Cameron turned a Kenny Miller header into his own net.

Phillips acknowledged that the visitors simply did not perform to the standard they are capable of, while giving credit to the USA.

He said: "It was a disappointing night for us. They are a very good side but maybe we just didn't give a good account of ourselves so we are disappointed. It was very hot and humid. We have been out here for seven days and it was tough. But we just have to look forward to the next game now."

Scotland host Australia in a friendly at Easter Road in August, before opening their World Cup qualifying campaign with a double-header against Serbia and Macedonia at Hampden the following month.

Phillips insists Craig Levein's men must not dwell on the events in the Sunshine State and focus on the future instead now.

The 21-year-old said: "The guys were all very disappointed in the dressing room but it's done now. We have got to look forward to the next game. When you lose 5-1, you are never going to be happy.

"But whatever positives there were, we will take them out of the game and move on."

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