Stoke midfielder Adam aiming for Scotland return

Charlie Adam hopes to use his good end-of-season form for Stoke City to regain a place in the Scotland squad, BBC Sport has reported.

Adam has become a regular presence on the score sheet in recent weeks with four goals in his last six games, helping the Potters into the top half of the Premier League table. Among Adam’s goals was a spectacular effort against champions Chelsea, beating Thibaut Courtois from around the half-way line.

The former Rangers, Blackpool and Liverpool midfielder was previously out-of-favour under Stoke manager Mark Hughes but has forced his way back into the boss’ preferred XI at club level and aims to do the same with international chief Gordon Strachan, having admitted his unhappiness throughout the period he wasn’t playing regularly for Stoke.

“It’s been frustrating when I wasn’t playing weekly. But I’m confident when I am playing well, scoring goals, dictating games, I can get into the Scotland side,” Adam said. “I always knew when I got back playing and scoring goals I’d have a chance of getting on the squad, and that’s all you can do.”

Adam hasn’t played for the Tartan Army since a friendly against Poland in March of last year, when he won the last of his 25 international caps. He moved to the Britannia Stadium from Anfield in the summer of 2012.

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