Clark - Give Rhodes a cap
Huddersfield manager Lee Clark has advised Scotland boss Craig Levein to hand Jordan Rhodes a senior cap as soon as possible.
Last Updated: 25/10/11 11:31am
Huddersfield manager Lee Clark has advised Scotland boss Craig Levein to hand Jordan Rhodes a senior cap as soon as possible to stop England from snatching him.
Clark has nothing but praise for the young striker who has managed to bag back-to-back hat-tricks against Exeter and Preston respectively.
Rhodes is already established in Scotland's Under 21 side and has been tipped to earn a call-up to the senior squad for next month's friendly with Cyprus.
And, with the Oldham-born forward also eligible to play for England, Clark believes it is imperative Scotland secured Rhodes' international future as soon as possible.
"He's fully committed to Scotland, even though the lads rib him because he's definitely not got a broad Scots accent," Clark told the Daily Record.
"But he's delighted at what he's done for the under-21s and he'd be immensely proud if called into the full squad. I feel Craig should throw him in against Cyprus and see how he does.
"We'd be really happy if he went on to play for Scotland because we've played a small part in his development.
"I didn't realise he could change country so long as he hasn't played a competitive game for the full squad. It's no wonder the Scots are starting to get a little bit nervous.
"That makes it even more imperative to give him a cap sooner rather than later. England have to be looking at him - they wouldn't be doing their job otherwise."
The ex-Newcastle midfielder cannot believe Rhodes' form this season as he has also scored a double and a treble for Scotland's Under 21s.
Clark has played with some legendary strikers in his time yet he believes the 21-year-old has the potential to be an excellent frontman.
"We rate him very highly here and he's a great lad. His goals-to-games ratio for Huddersfield - 13 goals in his last five competitive games - is phenomenal.
"I played alongside the likes of Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand and Louis Saha and those guys didn't have a goal ratio like that."