Steven Fletcher warms up for derby with historic hat-trick

HAT-TRICK HERO ... Fletcher.
HAT-TRICK HERO ... Fletcher.
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STEVEN Fletcher warmed up for Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby with a historic hat-trick for Scotland yesterday.

The Sunderland striker – without a goal for his country in six years – scored three times in a 6-1 rout of Gibraltar.

It was the first hat-trick by a Scotland player since 1969.

Fletcher quadrupled his international goals tally to become the first Scotland player to net a treble since Colin Stein hit four against Cyprus.

Shaun Maloney hit two penalties and Steven Naismith was also on target as the Scots recovered from Lee Casciaro’s equaliser.