Sheffield Wednesday: Steven Fletcher in contention for Scotland recall

Owls striker Steven Fletcher is in line to return to the international scene.

Tuesday, 16th October 2018, 12:11 pm
Updated Tuesday, 16th October 2018, 12:18 pm
Sheffield Wednesday centre-forward Steven Fletcher

Under-pressure Scotland boss Alex McLeish has dropped a big hint he could turn to the 31-year-old for their vital Nations League double header against Albania and Israel next month.

Fletcher won the last of his 31 Scotland caps when he came on as a substitute in their final World Cup qualifier against Slovenia last October.

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But the former Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sunderland and Marseille centre-forward has been in good form for Sheffield Wednesday this season, hitting two goals and chipping in with two assists in six Sheffield Wednesday appearances.

McLeish said: "There is a place for more experienced players. Most of the guys who Gordon (former Scotland boss Strachan) had haven't been playing in the last six months.

"We've had to call up a lot of young players. Oli McBurnie came in from the under-21s and he's still a work inprogress. We're not exactly prolific.

"But Steven Fletcher is now coming back into the scene at Sheffield and we'll look at that one with a bit of interest.

"I've got to keep encouraging the guys. But I love having guys with a bit of nous and experience who can help the team. I know what a difference that makes."

McLeish has come under increased scrutiny, having won just two of his eight matches in charge of the national team. Sunday's 3-1 home friendly defeat to Portugal came just days after their loss away to Israel, ranked 94th in the world, in the Nations League.

Scotland are currently second in League C Group 1 of the Nations League, having picked up three points from two fixtures.

McLeish's side go to Albania away on November 17 before hosting Israel three days later in a potential group decider.