QPR's Shaun Wright-Phillips receives MLS invitation

Shaun Wright Phillips

New York Red Bulls striker Bradley Wright-Phillips would be keen to see his older brother join him in the US eventually.

New York Red Bulls striker Bradley Wright-Phillips has extended an invitation to brother Shaun to join him in MLS during an interview with Sky Sports News HQ.

The Queens Park Rangers winger has struggled for first-team opportunities over the past two seasons, and failed to make a league appearance under the since-departed Harry Redknapp over the first half of this campaign.

The subsequent appointment of Chris Ramsey until the summer has since seen him re-enter the picture, having gotten a 38-minute run out in last month’s 2-0 win at Sunderland, but his future with the Premier League strugglers still remains up in the air.

While the former England wide man turned down Championship loan offers from Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers and Charlton Athletic this winter, he has expressed his interest in an MLS move in the past, and his US-based sibling believes he would prove a huge hit in the league.

The Red Bulls ace still thinks the elder Wright-Phillips can compete in the Premier League, having witnessed him star for Manchester City and Chelsea in the past, but would welcome him with open arms if he headed across the Atlantic in the near future.

“Everyone in England knows how good Shaun can be and it’d be nice to prove himself again over there, but if he came over here I’d welcome him,” he said.

“I’ve got a spare room. He can stay while he’s waiting to find a place!”

With the 2015 MLS season starting this weekend, Bradley Wright-Phillips is preparing to replicate his stunning form of 2014, which saw him equal the league’s all-time single-season scoring record with a remarkable 27 goals in 32 regular-season appearances.

His task will be made that much harder, however, without former strike-partner Thierry Henry, who retired during the offseason, and he admits that the Arsenal legend was a big reason for his breakout campaign.

“For me personally, he was like a big brother,” he said. “It wasn’t just out on the pitch training, it was through a phone call or video next day if I’d missed a chance or made a mistake.

“He was just unbelievable with his knowledge of the game – I felt like I’d been looking at it wrong for all these years. Some of the conversations I had with him would make me step back, think about it and then I’d have success from it.”

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