Skip­per Fletcher would love to face Auld En­emy

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - FORE! -

SCOT­LAND cap­tain Dar­ren Fletcher to­day ad­mit­ted he would love to face Eng­land in the 2014 World Cup qual­i­fiers.

The Scots find out their fate tonight in the draw in Rio de Janeiro. And the Manch­ester United star only has one wish.

“To draw Eng­land would mean some ban­ter on the Manch­ester United train­ing ground with guys like Wayne Rooney and Rio Fer­di­nand – and maybe a cou­ple of solid kicks aimed at team-mates.

“But it would be good for the Scot­tish play­ers and fans,” he said.

“It would be a mas­sive game for us. I re­mem­ber the Euro play-off at Ham­p­den and Wem­b­ley in 1999 and it was fan­tas­tic to beat them, al­though we lost on ag­gre­gate to two goals from Paul Sc­holes.”

“There is no deny­ing the draw could hand us a group of death. It is not good be­ing in pot four, but cir­cum­stances, in­clud­ing bad re­sults in friendlies, have cost us. All these things add up.

“How­ever, we are a good side. More and more Scots a r e c o mi n g d o w n to Eng­land and play­ing at the top level.

“When ev­ery­one is fit we have a very good team.

“Char­lie Adam, for ex­am­ple, was out­stand­ing last sea­son.

“He is a tal­is­man. Ev­ery­one is talk­ing about him. He took the Pre­mier­ship by storm.

“When I rep­re­sent my coun­try I don’t think about the num­ber of caps, but about try­ing to qual­ify for fi­nals. That’s what counts.”

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