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Scotland call for Fleck

16 November 2018

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John Fleck has received a first call up to the Scottish national squad.

The popular Blades midfielder is a late call up by boss Alex McLeish. Scotland face Albania at the weekend but John will link up with the squad ahead of a game against Israel in the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday.

If he plays it will be his first appearance at senior level after appearing for Scotland at U21s, U19s and U17s level previously.

John said: "Naturally, I'm delighted to be called up and I'd love to be involved - it is a privilege to play for your country. Thankfully, my performances for Sheffield United have been recognised and hopefully that continues."

"We're pleased to bring John into the squad following John McGinn's injury," said Scotland assistant coach James McFadden.

"He has been in fine form for a successful Sheffield United side this season, and his inclusion in the squad will offer us a fresh option against Israel.

"The coaching staff have settled on the play to play Albania and have been preparing on that basis all week. We discussed whether to bring John in to the squad to travel to Albania, but decided it would be best for him to rest at home and join up with the squad fresh on Sunday.

"Rather than have John travel from Sheffield to Edinburgh, on to Albania and back to Glasgow in the space of 48 hours, without him having the opportunity to train with the team, it is better for him to join up with us on Sunday and be physically and mentally prepared to focus on our match against Israel on Tuesday."

John is the latest senior Blades player to be called for international duty following Ben Woodburn and Kieron Freeman (Wales), Enda Stevens and John Egan (Republic of Ireland) and Dean Henderson (England U21s), who have all been selected in this window.

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