Sheffield Wednesday: Steven Fletcher named in Scotland squad for crucial Nations League double-header with Albania and Israel

Sheffield Wednesday striker Steven Fletcher has been recalled to the Scotland squad for their final two Nations League group games against Albania and Israel.

Tuesday, 6th November 2018, 1:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th November 2018, 1:04 pm
Sheffield Wednesday striker Steven Fletcher has been selected in Scotland's squad

The 31-year-old, who has claimed three goals in 17 Owls appearances this campaign, won the last of his 31 international caps 13 months ago in a World Cup qualifier against Slovenia. Fletcher has bagged nine goals for his country.

There is still no place for Owls midfielder Barry Bannan in the squad but West Bromwich Albion winger Matt Phillips returns.

Under pressure Scotland boss Alex McLeish is without several key players, including forwards Steven Naismith and Leigh Griffiths.

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On bringing Fletcher back into the fold, McLeish said: "Steven has been in Gordon Strachan's squads and I spoke to him this morning. The first thing he said was, 'I always love to play for my country'.

"He wants to play for Scotland and do his country proud. He's in good form, we felt he needed to get more games under his belt.

"When we had the call-offs we had no hesitation.

"He's a specialist centre forward and we still have guys coming through like Oli McBurnie."

The Scots currently sit second in League C Group 1 of the Nations League, having picked up just three points from two fixtures. McLeish's side visit Albania on 17 November and host Israel at Hampden Park three days later.

Scotland squad

Goalkeepers: Craig Gordon (Celtic), Allan McGregor (Rangers), Jon McLaughlin (Sunderland).

Defenders: Michael Devlin (Aberdeen), Scott McKenna (Aberdeen), Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers), Stephen O'Donnell (Kilmarnock), Andy Robertson (Liverpool), Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen), Kieran Tierney (Celtic).

Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong (Southampton), Ryan Christie (Celtic), James Forrest (Celtic), Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth), Gary Mackay-Steven (Aberdeen), Kevin McDonald (Fulham), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Callum Paterson (Cardiff City), Robert Snodgrass (West Ham United).

Forwards: Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday), Oliver McBurnie (Swansea), Matt Phillips (West Brom), Johnny Russell (Sporting Kansas City).