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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Fletch leading by example

Darren Fletcher has been handed the Scotland captain’s armband for Saturday’s crucial World Cup showdown against Norway. George Burley has selected the 24-year-old Manchester United midfielder despite the claims of Old Firm defenders Gary Caldwell and David Weir. Burley is the third Scotland manager to name Fletcher skipper, with Berti Vogts and Alex McLeish previously having given him the honour. "Darren has been an outstanding player for Scotland for a number of years," said Burley. "At the same time, he has established himself as a regular player at one of the world’s biggest clubs. Since I took over, his attitude towards playing for his country has been outstanding. He is a player who is always desperate to represent Scotland. It is a measure of his talent that, at his relatively young age, he has achieved so much for his club and will win his 40th cap for his country on Saturday. I know he will be very proud to lead the players out on Saturday. He will do a great job for Scotland."
Peter Jardine, Daily Mail