Miller wants an end to Scotland Fletcher focus

Kenny Miller believes the continued row over Steven Fletcher’s non-selection for Scotland and his feud with the national team manager Craig Levein is harmful to the side’s chances of qualifying for the World Cup in 2014, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Miller added that he wishes the spectre of Fletcher would disappear from the international set-up, claiming that he is forever asked about it despite the Sunderland striker being clear that he does not want to play for his country while Levein is in charge.

The situation has to go away, until Steven turns around and says he wants to play…There’s nothing we can do about it,” Miller said, adding: “Bringing it up is not going to make any difference. If he turns round and decides he wants to play, brilliant, but he doesn’t. He was on holiday this week, wasn’t he?

Fletcher’s name again surfaced following Scotland’s goalless draw with Serbia on Saturday, the first of a home double-header in World Cup qualifying with Macedonia the next opposition on Tuesday evening.

While Scotland toiled without reward against Serbia, with Miller leading the line on his own – Jordan Rhodes was later called upon as well – Fletcher was reflecting on a Sunderland debut that saw him bag two goals in a draw with Swansea City. The former Wolverhampton Wanderers striker recently completed a £14m move to the Black Cats.

Miller is the leading scorer in the current Scotland squad, with the Vancouver Whitecaps forward boasting 16 goals in 61 games. None of Miller’s teammates have more than two goals to their name, while Fletcher has one goal from his eight caps.

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