Commons: Levein knows where I am

12 October 2010

Derby County midfielder Kris Commons offered a reminder to Craig Levein and the staff in the Scotland set up of his availability last night.

Speaking to prior to the international friendly between Brazil and Ukraine at Pride Park, the Scotsman said: “They're well aware that I can play for Scotland. All I can do is concentrate on playing well and scoring goals for Derby and hope that I grab their attention.”

Commons already has 6 caps to his name and has been in blistering form for the Rams this season. One of the side’s chief creators and with five goals to his name already in the Championship, the attacker could be the ideal candidate to add some flair to a Scotland side criticized at the weekend for playing a 4-6-0 formation. Commons admitted that he wasn't the only Scottish player who could bring flair to the team. “I think they're a lot of players that can add that flair. There are numerous players who can do that.”

He hoped that Levein may adopt a different approach to the game against World Cup winners Spain tonight: “I don't think you can sit back against Spain, I don't think that's the way you should go about it. Being at home we need to force the issue and try and put them under a bit of pressure. When Hampden gets rocking and bouncing, and the Tartan Army are in full voice it can be quite an intimidating atmosphere.”

With the likes of Pato, Robinho and Dani Alves on show, Commons was anticipating the night's entertainment ahead: “It takes you back to when you were a kid watching these kind of players. The Brazilians have such technical ability, it will be an eye opener for us and show Derby fans what football is supposed to be like.”