Darren Fletcher handed Scotland recall
Darren Fletcher handed Scotland recall

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Darren Fletcher handed Scotland recall

Darren Fletcher is poised to make his first Scotland appearance for over a year after being named in the squad to face Poland next month.

The Manchester United midfielder's career has been plagued by chronic bowel disease ulcerative colitis, but he made his comeback for David Moyes' side against Aston Villa in December after almost a year on the sidelines.

Fletcher has made an additional eight appearances for the Premier League champions since then and Scotland boss Gordon Strachan has not hesitated to bring the 30-year-old back into the fold for the friendly in Warsaw on March 5.

"It was wonderful over the Christmas period to see him back playing football," said Strachan. "We have got to take it a stage further. I've seen him playing and he has lost none of his enthusiasm, which he will never lose. To have him back in the squad is terrific."

Fullback Andrew Robertson has received his first call-up following his fine form for Dundee United and fellow teammate Phil Bardsley is recalled after forcing his way back into the Sunderland side.

Squad in full:

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

Defenders: Phil Bardsley (Sunderland), Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town), Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion), Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers), Alan Hutton (Aston Villa), Russell Martin (Norwich City), Andrew Robertson (Dundee United), Steven Whittaker (Norwich City)

Midfielders: Charlie Adam (Stoke City), Ikechi Anya (Watford), Barry Bannan (Crystal Palace), Scott Brown (Celtic), Chris Burke (Birmingham City), Darren Fletcher (Manchester United), James Forrest (Celtic), James Morrison (West Brom), Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic), Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City)

Forwards: Steven Fletcher (Sunderland), Ross McCormack (Leeds United), Steven Naismith (Everton)

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