Fletcher feeling fit

Midfielder claims he is ready to skipper Scotland

Fletcher: Was struck down by a mystery virus, but is now back to full fitness

Fletcher: Was struck down by a mystery virus, but is now back to full fitness

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Darren Fletcher claims he is ready to resume playing duties and lead Scotland into a crucial Euro 2012 double-header.

The Manchester United midfielder is set to captain his country against Czech Republic and Lithuania despite being severely lacking in match sharpness.

Fletcher has only recently made a full recovery from a mystery virus, with the ailment have laid him low towards the end of last season.

He has not turned out for Scotland in 2011 as a result, while he has only taken in two competitive fixtures since the beginning of March.

Fletcher sat out United's pre-season tour of the United States to work on his fitness and has only appeared in two reserve fixtures for the Red Devils this term.

He is, however, confident that he can handle the rigours of regular football once again and claims his inclusion in Scotland's upcoming fixtures should not be considered a risk.

"Not at all because of the experience I have at this level," said Fletcher.


"I have 53 caps so I know what to expect at this level.

"I'm the captain - I feel I bring a lot to the team in terms of communication.

"I feel as fit as I ever have, I feel strong.

"Players have had one or two more matches than me but I don't believe that's a problem."

Fletcher has had to regain a lot of weight since being struck down by the virus, but insists he is ready to face the Czechs on Saturday and Lithuania on Tuesday.

He added: "First and foremost the Czech Republic game is the one but I don't envisage it being a problem playing both matches.

"I feel as fit as I have done in more than a year. I've had a fantastic pre-season, it was more of a personal pre-season.

"I worked very hard and I've come through both reserve games without a problem."