Next Game

Germany v Scotland

Sunday, 07 September 2014, 19:45

Euro 2016 Qualifying Group D

Craven Cottage

Last Game

Scotland 2 - 2 Nigeria

Wednesday, 28 May 2014, 20:00

International Match

Strachan pleased for Fletcher

Gordon Strachan is delighted at the progress being made by Darren Fletcher, who is back in the Scotland squad for the first time in 16 months and could face Poland in Warsaw on Wednesday.

Last Updated: 05/03/14 at 08:14 Post Comment

Gordon Strachan: Says Fletcher has had a tough time

Gordon Strachan: Says Fletcher has had a tough time

The Manchester United midfielder is battling back from a chronic bowel condition and played little first-team football between November 2011 and December 2013.

And the Scotland manager is just happy to see 30-year-old Fletcher doing what he does best.

He said: "First of all, it's more important for him as an individual. He has had a real tough time. That's the most important thing, that there is a top, top player back playing at the top level.

"He plays for Manchester United and, if you do that, there is an automatic place in my squad. We are just delighted for him just now and we are enjoying watching him coming back and getting back to the player he was. I have no doubt that will happen."

Fletcher's most recent international cap came against Luxembourg in November 2012.

Meanwhile, Strachan says he is not concerned about giving anything away ahead of Scotland's Euro 2016 qualifier in Warsaw in October.

Scotland were drawn alongside Poland - as well as Germany, Republic of Ireland, Georgia and Gibraltar - after Wednesday night's match was scheduled.

"It makes no difference at all," Strachan said. "It's a long way away before the first competitive game.

"We are at a stage in the season where there will maybe be some tired players. Having said that, the group is looking fantastic and hungry.

"But we could play the coaching staff in the middle of the park and they could play their coaching staff because it will make no real difference when the real game comes around."

Strachan appears unlikely to make too many changes to the formula that helped his side win three of their last four World Cup qualifiers in an otherwise doomed campaign, despite winning in Norway in a November friendly with an experimental edge.

"We tinkered a wee bit at Norway for half an hour," Strachan said. "It wasn't really a good tinker. Between the tactics and giving the ball away, it became a problem in the first half.

"It's always nice to have a system to fall back on but we are still looking for that, and I'm sure we'll do that in the next couple of months."

At Tuesday's press conference, Strachan provoked laughter among the Polish media as he recounted his memories of Artur Boruc during his spell as Celtic manager.

The Southampton goalkeeper is unlikely to start ahead of Wojciech Szczesny but Strachan is looking forward to a reunion with the colourful character.

Strachan jokingly slumped his head on the table when asked about Boruc and said: "He helped myself and the players he played with to be very successful at Celtic.

"He was an incredible character. I loved working with him every day. There was never a dull moment."

That sparked laughter from the female interpreter and Strachan continued: "You're laughing as well. You obviously know Artur. I had red hair when I met Artur, now I have white hair.

"In all seriousness, I think at one time he was one of the best goalkeepers in the world. It's fantastic for me to see him back near the top of his profession again starring in the English Premier."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

C

lassic management. Build them up and then knock them back. Raise expectations and then dampen them. Create a dynamic where by you demand the most from your team, but where the team are given room to manoeuvre unexpected or unwanted results. Classy work by Van Gaal, he really reminds me a lot of me. A smart cookie, make no doubt.

hump3.
Van Gaal: 'I struggle for first three months'

H

e will be the England left back for ten years or more, and then you will have to thank MUFC for that. *smiles*

london saint
Shaw: Criticism spot on

P

urely because of that little diva moment he had last night, I don't want him coming to my club. DESTROYED ? Grow up and give something back to the club that helped put you up there on the world stage.

bale doubt
Saints' Schneiderlin stalemate

Footer 365

Transfer news: Southampton sign Ryan Bertrand on season-long loan from Chelsea

Southampton have signed a replacement for Luke Shaw after capturing Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand on a season-long loan.

Indian Super League: Ex-Juventus and Monaco striker David Trezeguet joins FC Pune City

World Cup winner David Trezeguet has been unveiled as the latest Indian Super League signing, joining FC Pune City.

Transfer news: Everton sign striker Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea for £28m

Everton had to overcome a late paperwork scare to finalise the signature of Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.

Mail Box

Divock Origi Is Like Connor Sammon (Sort Of)

One Mailboxer inserts his tongue into cheek to offer his thoughts on Liverpool's newest signing. Plus thoughts on league-owned clubs, badges, and swearing...

Mails Come From A Land Down Under

We have an example of league-owned clubs from Australia while Kiwi boys want more respect for refs. Plus, Van Gaal won't stick with 3-5-2 and worried if Koeman will cut it...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property