McFadden considered quitting Scotland

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James McFadden has revealed he thought about quitting Scotland - but could not bring himself to turn his back on his country.

Birmingham striker McFadden found himself on the bench in this month's 4-0 World Cup qualifying defeat to Norway and admits he hates travelling with Scotland and not getting to play.

"You think to yourself, 'I hate going on these trips and I hate not playing. Why am I here? Maybe I should be sitting in the house'," he said in the Daily Record.. "But it passes quickly enough. No matter how fed up you get, you realise this is your country - and you can't beat the feeling of playing for your country."

He added: "Okay, some players have enough of it and decide it's not for them. But I don't think I'll ever get to that stage. The only way I can see myself walking away from Scotland is when I feel I'm not good enough to make a difference.

"Even if I'm sitting on the bench, I'm still itching to get on and make a difference. Let's face it, about half of my appearances for Scotland have come from the bench anyway.

"Different managers do different things and you never know what is going to happen in any game so I'll be ready whenever I'm needed. I'm only 26. By the time the next World Cup starts, I'll be 27. If we get there, it would be a dream come true."

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