McFadden eyes Scotland return

  • Last Updated: July 19 2012, 16:51 BST

James McFadden has targeted a return to Scotland duty for the start of the World Cup qualifiers - once he finds himself a club.

McFadden: Keen on Celtic switch

The 29-year-old forward, freed by Everton at the end of last season, has been out of Craig Levein's plans since being substituted at half-time in a 2012 European Championship qualifier against Liechtenstein on September 7, 2010 after being described as lazy by the national team manager whom he has not spoken to since.

After suffering cruciate ligament damage to his left knee while training with Birmingham just over a week later, McFadden was sidelined for 13 months.

He returned to full fitness last season during his second spell at Goodison and has been training recently with another of his former clubs, Motherwell.

Scotland open their World Cup campaign with a home double-header against Serbia and Macedonia in September and McFadden,

who will play for Well in Stevie Hammell's testimonial game against Everton at Fir Park on Saturday, insists he still has plenty to offer and hopes a new club will give him the opportunity to show Levein he is worthy of adding to his 48 caps.

"I haven't spoken to him (Levein) since the Liechtenstein game," he said.

"But I'm not a wee kid who needs reassurance or told that I am great or whatever.

"The manager makes the decisions, does things his way and I have to abide by that

"But I am still young enough and if I can get back playing to the level I am capable of, then the next thing is to try to get back into the Scotland team.

"It is a big incentive to play for your country as it is, there is nothing better.

"But the fact there is a World Cup campaign coming up, I want to be involved in it and play as many games as I can.

"I have missed a lot of football over the last two years through injury and the Scotland ones have probably been the hardest to take. It's been really hard.

"I watched every game but it's not easy watching games when you are injured and you want to help.

"So hopefully I can get fit, get back playing to the level I can and get back in the squad."

McFadden was linked with a move to Celtic last October but while he was reluctant to explain why that proposed deal fell through, he admits he has not given up on the chance to play for his boyhood heroes.

He said:

"It is something that would appeal to me but whether it is a possibility, I don't know, you would need to ask somebody at Celtic.

"I don't want to go into it (previous link with Celtic). There was a wee bit of a mix-up.

"But if anybody comes to speak to me, I will speak to them, I wouldn't rule anything out.

"I feel good. Training has been pretty tough but it's pre-season, it's got to be. I feel fit and sharp and just need to play a few games.

"I'm very hopeful (of getting a club). There's a few bits of interest but nothing that has blown me away or taken my fancy so I just have to be patient and see what happens."

McFadden is unlikely to sign for Motherwell but he looks forward to fulfilling a promise to former team-mate Hammell.

He said: "It's good for Stevie to get his testimonial and I am glad that I can play some part in the game

"He asked me a couple of months ago if I could play in it and I said if it was possible I would and it is, so I am looking forward to it."