Scotland manager Steve Clarke has explained why Sheffield Wednesday striker Steven Fletcher is missing from the Scotland squad.
He hasn’t featured for his national side since November 2018. The striker has been in pretty decent form as of late too, scoring five goals in nine Championship outings, but a Scotland call hasn’t arrived.
Clarke admits the 32-year-old’s situation is ‘difficult’ and gives reasoning for his omission.
The Scotland boss told the Herald (sport, page 2, 02/10/19): “It is a difficult one with Steven. He is in the last year of his contract and he has some issues with part of his body he has to maintain and look after.
“At this moment in time he’s not available for selection.”
Fletcher is running out of time to appear for Scotland again
It’d be interesting to know what these ‘issues’ are that Fletcher is having. Perhaps playing an extra couple of games would prove too much for his body to handle.
Time is running out for him on the international scene. Fletcher recently said that he may consider retirement from the Scotland setup (Edinburgh Evening News), so if he wants more appearances, he has to get fit quick.
They could be doing with him though. Clarke has picked Lawrence Shankland from Scotland’s second tier, who although he has scored for fun in the Championship, he isn’t proven at a high level.
Fletcher is a more experienced option that Clarke would no doubt love to have. The 32-year-old won’t be with him though, instead, he’ll be at Hillsborough with the Owls.