Darren Fletcher back in the Scotland squad

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SCOTLAND captain Darren Fletcher has returned to the national squad for next month’s friendly with Poland after fighting illness.

Manager Gordon Strachan also called up 19-year-old Dundee United left-back Andrew Robertson for the first time for the match in Warsaw on March 5.

Sunderland’s full-back Phil Bardsley is back almost two years since his last international appearance against the United States in May 2012. However, in-form St Johnstone striker Stevie May has been overlooked, as have the Aberdeen pairing of Mark Reynolds and Peter Pawlett and Hearts goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald.

Dalkeith-born Fletcher, 30, last played for Scotland 15 months ago in a friendly win over Luxembourg. Ulcerative colitis interrupted his club career with Manchester United and his international prowess with Scotland. He is now fit to return.

Scotland squad:

Goalkeepers

Matt Gilks, David Marshall, Allan McGregor

Defenders

Phil Bardsley, Christophe Berra, Gordon Greer, Grant Hanley, Alan Hutton, Russell Martin, Andrew Robertson, Steven Whittaker

Midfielders

Charlie Adam, Ikechi Anya, Barry Bannan, Scott Brown, Chris Burke, Darren Fletcher, James Forrest, James Morrison, Charlie Mulgrew, Robert Snodgrass

Forwards

Steven Fletcher, Ross McCormack, Steven Naismith