Steven Fletcher And Darren Fletcher Named In Scotland Squad

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Steven Fletcher has won only eight caps for Scotland | Getty

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher and Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher were both included in the Scotland squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Wales and Belgium.

Steven Fletcher has not featured for his country since he told the Scottish Football Association via text message he did not wish to be selected for a game against Northern Ireland in February 2011.

But the 25-year-old, who has scored five Premier League goals for Sunderland in just four appearances since a £12m transfer in August, has returned after holding clear-the-air talks with Scotland boss Craig Levein on Monday.

Darren Fletcher makes his comeback after a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a chronic bowel condition, having played his first game in eight months for Manchester United in the Champions League two weeks ago.

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Fletcher came on as a substitute against Galatasaray

He then started for the Red Devils as captain in the 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat of Newcastle United last week.

However it is Steven Fletcher's inclusion which is most notable, after it appeared Levein was no closer to a breakthrough with the striker following last month's qualifiers at Hampden Park against Serbia and Macedonia.

But the former Hearts manager described the player's return as a "no-brainer" following the involvement of an unnamed third party.

He said: "It's a big plus for me and the rest of the team for him to be involved. I got a phone call through a third party during the week and that was an indication from that person that Steven was desperate to come back and play.

"Things progressed between myself, this third party, his agent and the boy himself. I got a text saying he was willing to have a chat about it so I called him last night and, as he said to that person, he was desperate to come back and play. For me, then, it's a no-brainer."

Scotland squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Wales on October 12 and Belgium on October 16:

Goalkeepers
Matt Gilks (Blackpool), Allan McGregor (Besiktas), David Marshall (Cardiff City)

Defenders
Christophe Berra (Wolves), Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic), Daniel Fox (Southampton), Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers), Alan Hutton (Aston Villa), Russell Martin (Norwich City), Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic), Andy Webster (Hearts)

Midfielders
Charlie Adam (Stoke), Scott Brown (Celtic), Darren Fletcher (Manchester United), James Forrest (Celtic), James McArthur (Wigan Athletic), Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic), James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion), Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City)

Forwards
Steven Fletcher (Sunderland), Jamie Mackie (Queens Park Rangers), Kenny Miller (Vancouver Whitecaps), Steven Naismith (Everton), Matt Phillips (Blackpool), Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers)

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