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 said: "I've got no regrets. It was a decision that I made over a long period of time. 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."
As well as forcing his way into Levein's plans ahead of the first World Cup qualifier against Serbia in September, Phillips also hopes to ease his Wembley heartache by finally making his Scotland debut.
For Phillips, the prospect of making his international bow is the ideal tonic just days after the devastating blow of losing the npower Championship play-off final to West Ham.
The result may have cost the Seasiders their chance to return to the Barclays Premier League but Phillips knows he can at least look forward to taking the next step in his own personal development.
He said: "It was a massive disappointment at Wembley. We had a great season at club level and, personally, I think I had probably my best season. Hopefully, come Saturday, I can cap off a good season with a Scotland cap.
"It was a massive disappointment for the whole club. We really feel we deserved to win the game but in football you don't always get what you deserve. To now come away with Scotland, it's a great feeling to be here and I'm just happy and looking forward to the game."
Phillips expects a difficult challenge from the host nation but is confident Scotland will be up to the task.
He said: "They have some good players. They play a good brand of football and it will be a tough test. But a lot of our lads have played in the Premier League so we have a good side too."
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