The Euro 12 qualifying matches on the weekend provided starkly contrasting fortunes for two of Manchester United’s internationals. While Nani was turning on a dazzling performance in Portugals’ 3-1 home defeat of Denmark, Darren Fletcher and Scotland went down 0-1 to the Czech Republic in Prague to leave the Scots trailing in second place behind Spain in their group. They now face a crunch match with the world champions at Hampden Park on Tuesday night.
At the age of 26, Darren Fletcher is only a few months away from celebrating ten years since signing his first professional contract at Old Trafford. Now, as he joins a list of Scottish legends by winning his 50th cap when leading his country against Liechtenstein at Hampden Park, Fletcher admits in his understated way that “It’s a nice moment when you reach these milestones in your career. But to be honest my primary concern is the points and winning the game rather than me winning my 50th cap. That’s something I will think about afterwards.”