Sheffield Wednesday: Chris Sutton critical of Scotland boss Gordon Strachan for not picking Owls striker Steven Fletcher

Steven Fletcher was on the bench for Scotland's 1-1 draw with Lithuania
Steven Fletcher was on the bench for Scotland's 1-1 draw with Lithuania
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Pundit Chris Sutton has questioned Steven Fletcher's lack of recent game time for Scotland.

The former Celtic and Blackburn Rovers forward, speaking on BBC 5 Live, was critical of Gordon Strachan's decision to choose Chris Martin up front for the weekend draw with Lithuania at Hampden Park.

Chris Sutton has criticised Scotland boss Gordon Strachan

Chris Sutton has criticised Scotland boss Gordon Strachan

It took a James McArthur header late in the game to salvage a point for the Scots but Strachan came under fire from many quarters over his team selection.

Martin has yet to score at club level this season at either Derby where he began the campaign, or at Fulham with whom he joined on loan before the transfer window closed. Martin's only goal at any competitive level came in Scotland's 5-1 win over Malta in their last qualifier.

Fletcher also scored in that game, coming off the bench, but it was there he stayed for Saturday's draw which put a dent in Scotland's World Cup qualifying hopes.

The irony is that Fletcher was a regular for Strachan previously, when not getting regular goals nor games. However, the 29 year old has hit the net three times in 11 games since joining Wednesday in the summer and his performances all-round have been hugely impressive.

That decision led Sutton into a rant about Strachan's team selection with both Fletcher and Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths left out of the starting XI, though the latter at least made a 71st minute appearance.

"Here's the biggest problem - that Gordon Strachan the other night played Chris Martin, a centre forward who hasn't scored in 20 club games," said Sutton.

"And you have Steven Fletcher, who has actually started scoring again for Sheffield Wednesday, you have Leigh Griffiths who has scored barrel load of goals and who Gordon, for whatever reason, doesn't rate and nobody in Scotland other than Gordon understands that."

Scotland take on Slovakia tonight with their next international coming against England at Wembley on November 11.