Caldwell driven by past failures

  • Last Updated: September 7 2012, 14:37 BST

Gary Caldwell wants Scotland use the pain of Euro 2012 failure to make sure they get to the World Cup finals in two years time.

Gary Caldwell: Each campaign that goes by is more important

The Scots' absence from the European Championship in Ukraine and Poland this summer means they are still looking for their first appearance at the business end of a major international tournament since the 1998 World Cup in France.

The Wigan defender will lead Scotland out for the opening Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifier against Serbia at Hampden on Saturday for what will be his 50th cap.

And, with Macedonia visiting Glasgow on Tuesday, he is hoping that the lingering disappointment of the Euros will spur the Scots on to a flying start.

"With every campaign that goes by the next one becomes more important and as a group of players we have to live with that, it is down to us," the 30-year-old said.

"We have been part of the campaigns that have failed but that only drives you on to want it even more.

"So we have to use the pain of the last campaign and take it into this one and make sure it doesn't happen again.

"Personnel probably hasn't changed a great deal but the manager knows the group a lot better than he did in the last campaign, he knows what tactics suit us.

"So we are far better prepared to go into the qualifying campaign than the last time.

"It is going to be a difficult game. Serbia are technically and physically gifted and we will need to be on our toes to stop them."

Levein has several players missing from his squad which means Caldwell may find himself playing in midfield, a position he hoped he had seen the last of after featuring there in the 3-1 friendly win over Australia last month.

"I still don't fancy it," he laughed. "But I am comfortable with it.

"I have played a lot of positions throughout my career and first and foremost I am a centre-half, that's my best position.

"But I have always said that if the manager wants me to do a job, whether it be midfield or wherever, then I will do my best to bring something to the team that helps us win the game."

Caldwell made his international debut 10 years ago in a 5-0 thrashing by France at the Stade de France, in what was Berti Vogts' first game as Scotland manager.

The former Hibernian and Celtic defender has subsequently developed into an important part of the international set-up and will be rewarded for his patriotism by being added to the Scottish Football Association's International Roll of Honour for players who reach the half-century mark.

"It was a great day to get your debut but to lose 5-0 in any game is disappointing and the first thing on my mind was to hopefully get my second cap, and put that defeat behind me," he said.

"It has been a long time with a lot of highs and lows but it is a great feeling to finally get to 50.

"There is no better feeling in football, I think, than representing your country and playing in big games at Hampden.

"I have always been motivated to play for Scotland. It is going to be a great honour to be among some of the great names of Scottish football."