Steven Fletcher named in Scotland squad to face Albania and Israel
Callum Paterson and Matt Phillips also back for UEFA Nations League games in November, to be shown live on Sky Sports
By Matthew Treadwell
Last Updated: 06/11/18 3:10pm
Steven Fletcher has been recalled to the Scotland squad for the UEFA Nations League games against Albania and Israel later this month.
The Sheffield Wednesday forward is selected for the first time since October 2017, while Callum Paterson and Matt Phillips also return.
Here's your Scotland squad to take on Albania and Israel in the UEFA #NationsLeague.— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) November 6, 2018
🗓Albania, Saturday, 17 November – 7.45pm
🗓Israel, Tuesday, 20 November – 7.45pm
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Injuries to Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths and Hearts attacker Steven Naismith have left national boss Alex McLeish short on options in attack, leaving Cardiff's Paterson and West Brom's Phillips the opportunity to impress.
Michael Devlin and Gary Mackay-Steven were late call-ups by McLeish for the last squad, but are in from the start this time.
However, Celtic defender Jack Hendry, Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay and West Ham winger Robert Snodgrass all miss out.
"I spoke to him this morning and he was keen to join up. He's in good form but he's been out for a long time," McLeish said of Fletcher's recall.
"We felt he needed to get more games under his belt at the start of the season and he's done that.
"When we had the [injury] call-offs, we had no hesitation to call Steven and here he is.
"He has brilliant experience and he's a specialist centre-forward. We've still got young strikers coming through like [Swansea striker] Ollie McBurnie, so these guys can learn off people like Fletcher."
Albania vs Scotland
November 17, 2018, 7:30pm
Goalkeepers - Craig Gordon, Allan McGregor, Jon McLaughlin
Defenders - Michael Devlin, Scott McKenna, Charlie Mulgrew, Stephen O'Donnell, Andrew Robertson, Graeme Shinnie, Kieran Tierney
Midfielders - Stuart Armstrong, Ryan Christie, James Forrest, Ryan Fraser, Gary Mackay-Steven, Kevin McDonald, John McGinn, Callum McGregor, Callum Paterson
Forwards - Steven Fletcher, Oliver McBurnie, Matt Phillips, Johnny Russell
Scotland vs Israel
November 20, 2018, 7:00pm