CHARLIE ADAM has hit out at Scotland boss Gordon Strachan for ignoring him for the international squad.
The 30-year-old Stoke City midfielder admitted he is baffled at being frozen out with just one call-up – in the friendly against Qatar in June 2015 – in the last two years.
Adam said: “Obviously, my face doesn’t fit at the moment. I am not saying the manager should call me.
“I am not saying I am the best player for Scotland, but I feel I can add something different to what they have.
“I think it’s important to have a relationship with your players. We are not a nation blessed with 50 or 60 top players, playing at the highest level. We are not an England, where everyone is playing in the Premier League.
“He (Strachan) will say I’ve not played enough games – but I’d disagree with him. He’s given people opportunities who haven’t been playing for their clubs for a number of months.”
Hibs midfielder John McGinn is with the Scotland squad preparing for the World Cup qualifier against England at Wembley on Friday.
Adam didn’t name the Easter Road youngster, but added: “There are lads in there who are playing in League One in Scotland and, no disrespect to them, but when you are going in to big games, you want to be looking around you at guys who have played at the top level and who have plenty of caps behind them.
“Surely you’d think about putting them on, as well?
“You want the best players available for your country sat on the bench if you can. You want the best squad. I just don’t understand it at the minute.”
Former Rangers and Liverpool star Adam, who has won 26 caps, has made just nine appearances for Mark Hughes’ side this season.