Miller's Scottish dilemma
BERTI Vogts still has a bit of work to do convincing Tommy Miller to join his Tartan Army, writes Derek Davis.The Ipswich Town midfielder qualifies for Scotland through a grandmother from Kirkcaldy but the Easington-born 25-year-old admits to feeling disloyal wearing the flower of Scotland rather than the three lions of England.
BERTI Vogts still has a bit of work to do convincing Tommy Miller to join his Tartan Army, writes Derek Davis.
The Ipswich Town midfielder qualifies for Scotland through a grandmother from Kirkcaldy but the Easington-born 25-year-old admits to feeling disloyal wearing the flower of Scotland rather than the three lions of England.
Scotland boss Vogts is close to announcing his squad for a friendly against Romania with Miller expected to be given another call-up after joining up with the squad last month but crying off against Turkey with an ankle injury.
Miller said: "I still have a very open mind about it all. I'm a bit torn. It was very strange when I went up there last time and wore the Scottish kit.
"I know it is a good chance, everyone tells me it is a great opportunity to play in the big competitions. Matt Holland is not at all Irish yet scored a goal in the World Cup so there is that.
"But it does feel weird. I'm English and I don't feel at all Scottish.
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"If I get picked I will take it from there. If he phones I will take it from there. I knew Berti Vogts would be at the Reading game but I'm not sure what he made of it.
"Really I want to concentrate on my game with Ipswich, playing in the right position and playing regularly."
Miller has struggled to get back into the Town starting line-up, and when he has he has found himself out of position.
He looked uneasy while on the left side of midfield against West Ham and even though he started on the right flank at Reading, he soon found himself switched out to the left.
He said: "I won't lie – it has been frustrating. Now that I'm back to full fitness and I feel great it is hard not to be starting regularly.
"But I can't really complain because the lads did very well when I was out injured and I can understand the manager's thinking in keeping with the lads who have done well for him.
"If the chance comes to play in the middle then I have to try and take it. If I score may be he will keep me in the middle.
"That said I will play where the manager wants me to, he knows my strengths. I have never played on the left before and it is not my position.
"It is a bit better on the right as I'm right-footed but I prefer to be in the middle, which I would say is my best position. When I'm on the right I don't stay there, I'm not expected to in fairness, and I do come inside."
Miller may get his chance in midfield today against Crewe Alexandra if Jermaine Wright is used as a right-back in place of the suspended Fabian Wilnis.
He said: "Crewe will be very hard to beat and are very resilient. But we watched the video of the last game against them again and we did have a lot of chances and were perhaps a bit unlucky not to win up there. But then again you have to put the chances away."
And the former Hartlepool midfielder is already looking ahead to Town's FA Cup tie with Sunderland next week. The Black Cats beat Pool in the last round by a single goal and a large chunk of the north-east is expected to descend on Portman Road on Saturday.
Miller said: "A lot of friends are coming down from the north-east. My girlfriend's dad is a massive Sunderland supporter so will be down and watching."
In team news defender Matt Richards is fit to return on the left side after struggling with a hamstring injury earlier in the week and Miller is most likely to move in to right midfield if Wright moves to right-back for the absent Wilnis.
And Ian Westlake, another natural left footer, can play ahead of Richards down the left flank. He missed the visit to Reading. Martijn Reuser, who has been suffering from a stomach bug, is another option but is only likely to make the bench.
And 18-year-old defender or midfield player Scott Mitchell provides additional cover should the Dutchman not make it in to the final 16. Mitchell can also play at full-back.
Centre-half Drissa Diallo came through the reserves' visit to Wimbledon with no ill effects and is also in the 17. Striker Darren Bent remains troubled by injury.