Sunderland’s Fletcher misses Wembley date

Steven Fletcher.
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SUNDERLAND striker Steven Fletcher has been left out of the Scotland squad for next month’s friendly international against England at Wembley.

Fletcher is nearing a return from an ankle problem but has missed Sunderland’s trip to Hong Kong to help his recovery.

“Steven won’t be right (for the England game) but when you are talking about injuries like this, I think it is better to leave it to the clubs to tell you exactly what is going on,” said the former Celtic manager.

“I spoke to him about two weeks ago and the situation might have changed.”

Celtic captain Scott Brown has been recalled.

Strachan also included uncapped Brighton defender Gordon Greer, Motherwell’s Steven Hammell and 68-cap striker Kenny Miller in his 29-man squad for the August 14 encounter.

SQUAD. Goalkeepers: Matt Gilks (Blackpool) David Marshall (Cardiff City) Allan McGregor (Hull City).

Defenders: Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion) Steven Hammell (Motherwell) Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) Russell Martin (Norwich City) Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) Andy Webster (Unattached) Steven Whittaker (Norwich City)

Midfielders: Charlie Adam (Stoke City) Barry Bannan (Aston Villa) George Boyd (Hull City) Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion) Chris Burke (Birmingham City) Scott Brown (Celtic) Craig Conway (Cardiff City) Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion) James Forrest (Celtic) Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United) Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City)

Forwards: Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers) Steven Naismith (Everton) Kenny Miller (Vancouver Whitecaps) Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers)