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Oct 2, 2012

Fletchers given Scotland recall

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher has returned to the Scotland squad following clear-the-air talks with manager Craig Levein.

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Fletcher, 25, has not featured for his country since making himself unavailable for selection for a friendly against Northern Ireland in February 2011.

The former Wolves striker has been in red-hot form this season, though, scoring five goals in four Premier League games since moving to the North East, prompting calls for his return. The difficult start Scotland endured to their World Cup qualifying campaign, a goalless draw with Serbia and a 1-1 draw with Macedonia, has convinced Levein to recall him for the games against Wales and Belgium.

Scotland are also boosted by the return of influential Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher.

The 28-year-old has spent ten months on the sidelines with a chronic bowel condition but played the full 90 minutes for United in their Capital One Cup win against Newcastle last week.

Full Scotland squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Wales on October 12 and Belgium on October 16: Adam (Stoke), Berra (Wolves), Brown (Celtic), Caldwell (Wigan), D Fletcher (Man Utd), S Fletcher (Sunderland), James Forrest (Celtic), Fox (Southampton), Gilks (Blackpool), Hanley (Blackburn), Hutton (Aston Villa), McArthur (Wigan), McGregor (Besiktas), Mackie (QPR), Maloney (Wigan), Marshall (Cardiff), Martin (Norwich), Miller (Vancouver Whitecaps), Morrison (West Brom), Mulgrew (Celtic), Naismith (Everton), Phillips (Blackpool), Rhodes (Blackburn), Snodgrass (Norwich), Webster (Hearts).

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