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Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher returns to Scotland's squad

Updated: Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 13:12 | Comments

Darren Fletcher returns to Scotland's squad for a friendly with Poland
Darren Fletcher returns to Scotland's squad for a friendly with Poland

Scotland captain Darren Fletcher has been recalled to the international squad for a friendly against Poland next month.

The Manchester United midfielder is back in the fold after fighting against ulcerative colitis.

His former Old Trafford team-mate Phil Bardsley is also recalled after a lengthy absence while Dundee United left-back Andrew Robertson has won a first call-up.

Manager Gordon Strachan did not have Fletcher available during his first year in charge while full-back Bardsley is in his squad for the first time too after returning to favour at Sunderland under Gus Poyet.

Strachan is delighted to have Fletcher in his squad for the March 5 clash in Warsaw.

"It was wonderful over the Christmas period to see him back playing football," Strachan said.

"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."

Robertson, 19, is in ahead of the likes of Rangers left-back Lee Wallace after impressing following his summer move from Queen's Park.

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher is included despite currently being sidelined with an Achilles problem while Leeds forward Ross McCormack has earned a spot in the squad along with Everton's Steven Naismith.

But there is no place for the likes of Kilmarnock forward Kris Boyd or Blackburn's Jordan Rhodes.

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