Sheffield United midfielder John Fleck will be recalled by Scotland for their upcoming international fixtures, reports the Herald Scotland.
Fleck is yet to receive a senior cap for his country despite being in and around the squad for some time. Former national team manager Alex McCleish included the 28-year-old, but did not play him.
Fleck missed out on Euro 2020 against Cyprus and Belgium in June because he was getting married. The Scot was then absent for last month’s Group I to Russia and Belgium due to a hamstring injury.
Yet current boss Steve Clarke is ready to finally give Fleck his chance during the latest international break. They play qualifiers against Russia and San Marino.
The Scots currently sit nine points adrift of the Russians and therefore their meeting with them in Moscow on October 10 is must-win.
Scotland can still make the playoffs for next summer’s tournament via another route, however. This is after winning their group in the Nations League.
Clarke names his squad officially later today.
Fleck deserves Scotland recognition
The Blades star has been a crucial player for them during their recent rise through the divisions. Signed by Chris Wilder from Coventry City upon his arrival in 2016, Fleck helped them to promotion from League One that first season.
Since then he has played 145 times for United, including a key role in their second promotion in three years last term.
Now Wilder’s side are in the Premier League for the first time in 12 years, Fleck continues to excel. That aforementioned injury ruled him out for two matches, but aside from that he has started every league game in 2019/20. This has coincided with victories over Crystal Palace and Everton.
A creative force in midfield, Fleck was strongly linked with a move to West Ham United in January by Sky Sports. The Blades rejected their approach and managed to retain their prized asset.