McFadden welcomes recalls
James McFadden is glad to see Kris Boyd and Lee McCulloch back and hopes Barry Ferguson will join them.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 01/03/10 4:57pm
James McFadden is happy to see Kris Boyd and Lee McCulloch back in the Scotland fold and hopes Barry Ferguson will soon join them.
Rangers duo McCulloch and Boyd have been drafted back into the squad by new national coach Craig Levein.
He is set to take charge of Scotland for the first time on Wednesday when Czech Republic arrive at Hampden Park.
McCulloch is a major doubt heading into that game, after taking a knock to his ankle in Sunday's Old Firm derby, but Boyd is expected to lead the line.
Birmingham ace McFadden hopes both men will remain part of the set-up for the foreseeable future and expects their return to help raise morale in the camp.
"Personally I get on well with Lee McCulloch, so it's good to see him back, and him and Boydy are good for dressing room," he said.
"For me it's good to see them back and I'm sure it will have a positive effect on everybody."
McFadden has also admitted that he hopes to see St Andrews team-mate Ferguson bring himself back into contention in the not too distant future.
"Every day, but it's Barry's decision," he said, when asked if he had put pressure on the experienced midfielder to consider his international future.
"He's had a brilliant season for us and he's a player we could definitely use at international level.
"He's getting on a bit now, but he's as fit as anything and maybe he is just concentrating on getting the season over and continuing his form for Birmingham. But it would be good to see him back."
McFadden is carrying a slight knock of his own heading the midweek friendly with the Czechs, but fully expects to shake off a slight groin strain in time to feature.
"I felt it a bit on Saturday (against Wigan) and it kind of went away and I got taken off as a precaution," the former Motherwell player said.
"It's more prevention than actually being injured at the minute so I'll see how it goes. I'm desperate to play, I want to play for my country.
"Obviously I want to show the manager what I can do but he has seen me before. It's another game for Scotland and that's why I want to play."
Much is expected of McFadden every time he pulls on the national shirt, but the 26-year-old insists he does not feel under undue pressure.
"I have been fortunate to have a good career for Scotland so far and it's nice if the fans are expecting stuff, that's great," he said.
"I don't feel I have any extra pressure. It's a pleasure to play for my country and the goals I have scored and how well we have done has been great."