Steven Fletcher’s Scotland career: the story so far
STEVEN Fletcher’s return after a two-year international exile is a welcome boost to Scotland’s hopes of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, and the Tartan Army will be hoping he can show the same white-hot goalscoring form he has produced for Sunderland. Here is how he has fared in eight Scotland senior appearances so far – some of them as a sub – which have yielded one goal...
26 Mar, 2008 (friendly) Scotland 1, Croatia 1 Only given a half on his full debut before making way for Kenny Miller.
11 Oct, 2008 (WC qualifier) Scotland 0, Norway 0 Came on as a 56th-minute sub, but unable to break the deadlock at Hampden.
28 March, 2009 (WC qualifier) Netherlands 3, Scotland 0 Fletcher sent on with just 19 minutes to go in place of Kenny Miller to chase a futile cause against the Dutch.
1 April, 2009 (WC qualifier) Scotland 2, Iceland 1 With the Boozegate episode dominating this match, Fletcher is given his chance by George Burley and starts the game. He comes up trumps and scores a 65th-minute winner.
5 Sep, 2009 (WC qualifier) Scotland 2, Macedonia 0 No goals, but a solid enough performance, before he is taken off for Shaun Maloney for the final 22 minutes.
10 Oct, 2009 (friendly) Japan 2, Scotland 0 Fletcher came on for the second half in Yokohama for Lee Miller in an experimental Scotland side.
14 Nov, 2009 (friendly) Wales 3, Scotland 0 A desperate day for Scotland in Cardiff as Burley’s reign came to an end. To be fair to Fletcher, he wasn’t one of the more culpable players, playing only 35 second-half minutes after coming on for Kenny Miller.
11 Aug, 2010 (friendly) Sweden 3, Scotland 0 Fletcher’s one and only appearance to date under Craig Levein. Scotland were second best in the Rasunda Stadion, and Fletcher was taken off after 64 minutes for Kris Boyd.
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