Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher named in Scotland squad

Sunderland's Steven Fletcher (right) celebrates scoring their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday November 3rd, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Palace. Photo credit should read Daniel Hambury/PA Wire. Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.
Sunderland's Steven Fletcher (right) celebrates scoring their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday November 3rd, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Palace. Photo credit should read Daniel Hambury/PA Wire. Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

STEVEN Fletcher has been named in the Scotland squad for the European Championship qualifier against the Republic of Ireland and the England friendly.

The Sunderland striker is one of five strikers selected in Gordon Strachan’s 27-man party for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Republic of Ireland on 14 November, and then England in a home friendly four days later.

Stoke City’s Phil Bardsley, who left the Black Cats in the summer, is also included in the squad.

Fletcher’s confidence will be sky high after scoring a brace in Sunderland’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Monday night.

Full Scotland squad:

Goalkeepers: Matt Gilks (Burnley), Craig Gordon (Celtic), David Marshall (Cardiff).

Defenders: Phil Bardsley (Stoke), Christophe Berra (Ipswich), Craig Forsyth (Derby), Gordon Greer (Brighton), Grant Hanley (Blackburn), Russ Martin (Norwich), Andrew Robertson (Hull), Steven Whittaker (Norwich).

Midfielders: Ikechi Anya (Watford), Barry Bannan (Crystal Palace), Scott Brown (Celtic), Craig Bryson (Derby), Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest), Graham Dorrans (West Brom), Darren Fletcher (Manchester United), Shaun Maloney (Wigan), James McArthur (Crystal Palace), James Morrison (West Brom), Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).

Forwards: Steven Fletcher (Sunderland), Lewis Macleod (Rangers), Chris Martin (Derby), Stevie May (Sheffield Wednesday), Steven Naismith (Everton)