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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

Steven Fletcher of Scotland during the Vauxhall International Challenge Match match at Hampden Park Stadium. Photo credit should read: Simon Bellis/Sportimage via PA Images, 29 March 2016
Image: Steven Fletcher won his 31st cap for Scotland in the World Cup qualifier in Slovenia in October 2017, and has not played for his country since

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.

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.

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Alex McLeish has named Fletcher in a Scotland squad for the first time in over a year

"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.

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"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."

Live UEFA Nations League

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

Live UEFA Nations League

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