Steven Fletcher wants to help Scotland qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil
Steven Fletcher is looking forward to helping Scotland qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after being recalled.
Last Updated: 08/10/12 6:01pm
The 25-year-old Sunderland striker is back in coach Craig Levein's squad following a well-documented two-year hiatus and is eager to make up for lost time.
Fletcher has been in blistering form for the Black Cats this season, with an impressive five Premier League goals plundered in five starts for his new club.
The ex-Wolves and Burnley marksman is delighted he has the chance to add to his eight caps, stating he will be doing his all to help the team reach Brazil.
"I am just happy to be back as part of the squad and looking to make a positive contribution in what are two massive World Cup qualifiers," he told the Scottish FA's official website.
"I had a good chat with the manager when he came to visit at the training ground last week and while it was important we discussed the past and put it to bed, it was more important that we focused on the future.
"I understand why people want to know what changed but the truth, as the manager said last week, was that the situation wasn't helping anyone. I am a proud Scot and it is a privilege to play for my country. Everyone knows it has been too long since we last qualified for a major finals and I want to do my bit to help us reach Brazil."
Scotland, who are currently fourth in Group A with two draws from two outings, take on Belgium and rock-bottom Wales in upcoming qualifiers.
Fletcher insists there are no hard feelings between himself and Levein, insisting the needs of the nation come first.
"I am desperate to play for Scotland again and, like Craig, I regret that it has taken this long to come about. I'm sure we have both done a lot of thinking during the last two years but the country comes first," he continued.
"I think it just became apparent that we all needed to move on. The most important thing is that I can look to restart my international career. When I first spoke to Craig again it was fine and was not awkward at all. We both said our piece and agreed that whatever happened, the country comes first.
"I am a more experienced player than I was two years ago and I am delighted with the way things have gone at Sunderland. The manager [Martin O'Neill] has been very supportive, as has Phil Bardsley - who is gutted to be missing through injury.
"It was good to see the players when I arrived (on Sunday). I am sharing a room with Scott Brown so already it feels like I have never been away and feels like I have been here for a week already.
"Playing in a World Cup finals in one of the most famous football nations in the world is the pinnacle of any player's career and I am delighted that I have the opportunity again to help take Scotland there."