The 30-year old midfielder has not represented his country since November 2012 because of a chronic bowel problem but has won a re-call for next month's friendly with Poland in Warsaw.
"I'm delighted Darren is back. He has been an outstanding player and a first class pro for the past decade," Bardsley told the Daily Record.
"He is also a genuine person. We started out together at Manchester United and went to college together when we were part of the youth set-up. I spoke to him a few weeks ago and he's still the same guy."
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