Sheffield United: John Fleck, Oliver Burke and Oli McBurnie again left out of Steve Clarke's World Cup qualifiers squad

Sheffield United’s Scottish trio of John Fleck, Oliver Burke and Oli McBurnie has once again been left out of Steve Clarke's squad for the latest World Cup qualifiers.

By Steve Jones
Tuesday, 28th September 2021, 2:30 pm

It is the second consecutive occasion five-time-capped Fleck, who was included in his country’s EURO 2020 squad, has been overlooked for selection despite an improvement in form in recent weeks.

The omission of Burke and McBurnie will come as little surprise given their ongoing struggle for goals.

Burke’s last involvement with the national team came in November 2020.

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The 24-year-old has not scored for Sheffield United since their surprise defeat of Manchester United at Old Trafford in January.

McBurnie, who has 17 international caps, received his last call-up in March.

He grabbed his first goal of the season against Southampton in the EFL Cup last week - his first competitive goal since December.

Scotland are second behind Denmark in their qualifying group and play Israel on 9 October before facing the Faroe Islands three days later.

Oli McBurnie celebrates after scoring during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Sheffield United and Southampton at Bramall Lane (photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images).