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McFadden: Ferguson deserves Scotland place

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James McFadden has urged the new Scotland manager to recall his Birmingham team-mate Barry Ferguson to the international fold.

McFadden believes Ferguson has recaptured his best form since making the move from Rangers to St. Andrews during the summer in a £1million switch. Ferguson has not been considered by his country since high-profile off the pitch incidents when on duty with Scotland last season.

McFadden told Press Association Sport: "Barry has got a new lease of life and I think he's started to enjoy his football again since coming to Birmingham."

He added: "There was immense pressure on him at Rangers, to perform every week. If they lost, it was his fault, and if they won, it was his good play.

"Since he's come down here, he's managed to relax and enjoy his football again, and he's been different class for us - but then his quality has never been in doubt."

McFadden added: "Should he be picked by Scotland? He has great quality and obviously you're going to miss players like him.

"Hopefully the new manager, whoever it is, wants to pick him again and I'm sure, if he is asked, he'll go back and play for his country."

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