Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher not fazed by those questioning Scotland place

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Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher insists his confidence is not being dented by those doubting his role in the Scotland set-up.

Fletcher played the full 90 minutes in Scotland’s 3-2 defeat to Germany last night, which left the Euro 2016 qualification prospects of Gordon Strachan’s side looking grim.

The 28-year-old has drawn a blank in Scotland’s last three qualifiers, with pundits north of the border calling for Celtic’s in-form frontman Leigh Griffiths to spearhead Strachan’s attack.

But Fletcher responded: “I’m doing what I can. I’m running around.

“If they’re not happy with that, it’s down to them.

“Obviously I’d love to score goals but If I’m not getting a chance, I’m not going to put it away.

“He (Gordon Strachan) is the boss, he picks the team. I’m happy he’s picking me.”

Back-to-back defeats against Georgia and Germany have left Scotland four points behind the Republic of Ireland, who are now in pole position to take the play-off spot in qualification group D.

However, Scotland’s final two games - at home to Poland and then a trip to minnows Gibraltor - are more appealing on paper than Ireland’s, who face the top two teams in the group, Germany and Poland.

“We know what we have to do. There are six points to play for so we’ll try to get them,” added Fletcher.

“We’ve got a good squad, a young squad as well. We want to achieve things, so if we can get to the play-offs, then happy days.”