Houston hails Fletcher
Peter Houston has praised captain Darren Fletcher, who is due to earn his 50th cap against Liechtenstein.
Last Updated: 06/09/10 9:53am
Scotland assistant manager Peter Houston has praised captain Darren Fletcher, who is due to earn his 50th cap against Liechtenstein on Tuesday.
The 26-year-old Manchester United midfielder made his international debut in 2003 and has since gone on to skipper Scotland.
Craig Levein's side could not get past Lithuania in their opening Euro 2012 qualifier on Friday night, but are expected to see off the challenge of Liechtenstein after the European minnows were beaten 4-0 by Spain.
Assistant boss Houston, also manager of Dundee United, praised Fletcher's achievement and says he plays an important role for Scotland.
"For such a young guy it's a huge achievement," he said.
"It's a huge honour for him to be captain of his country and at this early age getting his 50th cap. So great credit to him and we are delighted for him.
"We still feel that he does a smashing job for his country. He plays consistently well for the side.
"The other night against Lithuania his energy levels were fantastic, he was pressing people and working hard.
"One thing Darren has shown for Scotland is that he always here and fully committed.
"We can't expect Darren to play well in every game but certainly, if he gives us the performance he gave us on Friday, we will be more than pleased."
Houston also warned that Tuesday's clash with Liechtenstein will be no walk in the park and insists it is important just to get the three points.
No easy games
"You never get an easy game at international level but this game at Hampden gives us an opportunity to win," he added.
"What we will come up against is a team who will be as well organised as they possibly can be.
"It would be nice to go out and score a lot of goals and if it is comfortable then great.
"However, I don't think you can be disrespectful of any country. If you put 11 players behind the ball, sitting on their 18-yard line, you still have to create and score goals. On some occasions it will be difficult.
"You see it with big clubs against little clubs - teams can make it difficult for you.
"The best that can happen is maybe that we score an early goal.
"But we can't put too much pressure on trying to score early goals, we just have to make sure we win the match and whether the goals come in the first half or the second half, it doesn't really matter."