Steven Fletcher recall was sign of desperation by Scotland boss Craig Levein, says Wales' Jason Brown

Jason Brown: Believes Levein's U-turn over Fletcher was 'desperate'

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Wales goalkeeper Jason Brown believes Scotland manager Craig Levein has been forced to backtrack over Steven Fletcher to ease the pressure on himself.

The Scots are yet to win in World Cup qualifying Group A, having taken just two points from their opening two games against Serbia and Macedonia to turn up the heat on Levein.

The boss previously fell out with Fletcher after the Sunderland striker sent a text message to a Scottish Football Association official in February 2011 informing him he did not wish to be selected for the Carling Nations Cup game against Northern Ireland.

However, Levein performed a U-turn over the frontman last week when he included him in his squad for the upcoming qualifiers against Wales and Belgium.

Aberdeen keeper Brown told the Daily Record of the manager's decision: "Levein is under pressure. I have seen there is a lot of negativity in the press and people have turned against him.

"He has had to backtrack over the Fletcher issue and that will have hurt him.

"People say he sets Scotland up too negatively, playing with two holding midfielders.

"He has tended to be a little bit cautious - by picking Fletcher he has maybe shown a sign of desperation."


Fletcher picked up the Barclays Premier League Player of the Month award for September after a bright start with Sunderland following his summer move from Wolves.

Brown added: "I don't know if they will come out and attack but Fletcher is a talented player.

"He has just won Player of the Month in the Premier League and is the most expensive Scottish player.

"Scotland also have good midfielders and defenders but for whatever reason it has not worked for Levein."