Captain backs under-fire Craig

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SKIPPER Darren Fletcher hopes Craig Levein remains as manager despite Scotland’s 2014 World Cup hopes all but coming to an end with a 2-0 defeat to Belgium in Brussels.

The result leaves the Scots bottom of Group A with 2 points from four games.

Levein has won three times in 12 competitive matches but Manchester United midfielder Fletcher wants him to stay.

Asked if Levein still had a future with the team, he said: “I hope so, yes. I really hope so. The players believe in him and we hope so.

“Qualifying from this group now looks very difficult but we can still progress as a team.”

Asked if Scotland should have been more offensive against the Red Devils, Fletcher replied: “We tried to win the game. It was always going to be difficult. If we did that (attack) we would have lost five or six, trust me.

“If we keep it nil-nil we are always in the game.

“The damage was done in the first games before we come out here (draws against Serbia and Macedonia).”

Chris Coleman, meanwhile, was relatively upbeat despite seeing his Wales side suffer a third defeat in their first four World Cup qualifiers.

Goals from Mario Mandzukic and Eduardo gave Croatia a 2-0 win in Osijek to leave Wales on just three points.

“We were beaten by a very good team but we can take some heart out of that performance,” he said.