Kevin McDonald believes his excellent form for Fulham over the past eighteen months is deserving of a call-up to the Scotland squad.
The Carnoustie-born midfielder has won call-ups to the Scottish squad before but has not yet won a cap for his country. McDonald, who was watched by new national team manager Alex McLeish during Fulham’s 2-0 over Aston Villa at the weekend, told GetWestLondon’s Ryan O’Donovan that he felt he worth an opportunity at international level:
Everyone wants to play for their country but at the end of the day it’s one of those things, I can only do well for Fulham and if they don’t think I’m doing well enough or good enough to be in the squad then that’s their decision – I can’t influence it any more.
I’ve been playing at Fulham for 18 months, done a good job here and I can’t do much else if you ask me. Maybe the new manager comes in might give me a chance and I’ll show what I can do, it’s not up to me it’s up to them.
The 29 year-old voiced his frustration at not being able to prove his worth during a game, with his international experience so far limited to just training sessions.
I think I have a right to have a chance to be in the squad, I’ve been playing at a good level in the Championship for years and never been given the chance to play in the national team, I’ve been there training and stuff but it’s not the same, I’m not the best of trainers as it is, I’m more of a game player.
McDonald insisted that he would not be adapting the way he plays in order to satisfy McLeish and will be fully focused on Fulham’s run in as the Whites aim to sustain their push for promotion to the Premier League.
I would say I deserve a chance, but again what I think and what they think is different, up until now I’ve not been given a cap and unless a new manager wants to give me a chance it’ll stay that way. If it stays that way I’ll be the same, it’s not going to change the way I play, I’ll continue to give 100% for Fulham and that’s my main focus.