Kenny Miller urges Steven Fletcher to make Scotland return

Steven Fletcher in action for Scotland
Fletcher won the last his eight Scotland caps against Sweden in August 2010

Kenny Miller would like to see fellow striker Steven Fletcher bury the hatchet with manager Craig Levein and return to the Scotland squad.

"Steven made his stance," Miller told BBC Radio Scotland. "He didn't want to be considered for whatever reason. But we want our best players available.

"If he's changed his mind, maybe it's up to him to make the first move.

"If the gaffer wants to include him again then it's up to the two of them to sort it out."

Wolves centre forward Fletcher, who scored both goals in Sunday's 2-1 win over Sunderland, texted the Scottish Football Association in February to say he no longer wished to be selected.

The 24-year-old former Hibs and Burnley star looked on from the bench as Scotland lost 3-2 to Spain in October 2010.

A few days later, he failed to make the match-day squad for the following Euro 2012 qualifier; a 1-0 loss in the Czech Republic.

Having given an interview criticising Levein's tactics in Prague, Fletcher was then overlooked for a friendly with the Faroe Islands.

But Levein insisted Fletcher was in his plans for February's Carling Nations Cup clash with Northern Ireland before the text message was sent to SFA official Frank Reilly.

And the Scotland manager has made it clear that the striker will need to make the first move if there is to be a reconciliation.

Former Aberdeen striker Eric Black was in interim charge of Sunderland when Fletcher scored his second-half brace.

And Black, capped twice by Scotland, would also like to see the player make his peace with Levein.

"I don't think we are in a position to ignore anybody," explained Black on BBC Radio Scotland.

"It would be great to have competition for places, especially up front. Historically, it's been hard for us to score at international level. It's not easy.

"The more options the manager has, the better.

"I don't know the ins and outs of it but it would certainly be a stronger squad with Steven Fletcher in it."

With or without Fletcher, Cardiff City front man Miller is looking forward to the forthcoming World Cup qualifying campaign with confidence.

The Scots have been grouped with Croatia, Serbia, Belgium, Wales and Macedonia in the race for a place at Brazil 2014.

"We are very optimistic," said Miller, who has scored 16 goals in 58 Scotland appearances.

"The group could have been better, it could have been worse.

"But I don't think there are any so-called giants.

"I think most teams will fancy their chances of qualifying and we're not any different.

"I do think everybody will take points off each other. There's much of a muchness about the teams."

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