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Football League World’s Sheffield Wednesday fan pundit Thomas Fogg believes midfielder Barry Bannan is right to feel hard done by over his lack of international game time.
The 29-year-old was once again ommitted from the Scotland squad for their latest set of Euro 2020 qualifiers, with the midfielder admitting to the Sheffield Star that he may never play for the side again.
And although Fogg can see how this may benefit the club, he admits that he would love to see Bannan’s form rewarded.
“Putting my Wednesday hat on, we benefit as we are able to rest him during international breaks,” the regular punter told Football League World.
“But that’s rather selfish and it would be great to see our players, especially long serving ones such as Bannan, getting recognition at international level. I’ve always thought that he is deserving of more caps than he has so far.
“The Scotland squad hasn’t exactly been blessed with technical players in recent times and creativity isn’t a word you’d associate with many of the current squad, especially the central midfielders.
“Having watched the Scotland versus Russia game, it was apparent to me that the team was lacking in many areas, including a lack of energy and someone able to play in tight areas.”
Over the course of his career, Bannan has made 27 appearances for his country, making his debut back in November 2010 against the Faroe Islands.
However, he is yet to earn a call-up since 2017, with a 2-2 draw with Slovenia during qualification for the 2018 World Cup his most recent run-out.
He remains a regular in the Wednesday squad, however, and will be hoping that with the arrival of new manager Garry Monk, his form can start to rise once again.