Manchester United's Darren Fletcher misses Scotland training, but should be available for England clash

Scotland Football

Gordon Strachan said he expects the Manchester United midfielder to train tomorrow ahead of the clash with England at Parkhead.

Scotland manager Gordan Strachan has said Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher missed training today because 'he wasn't feeling his best', but expects him to be able to train tomorrow ahead of the clash with England at Parkhead.

United will be hoping Fletcher comes through tomorrow's game unscathed after what has been a costly international break for Louis van Gaal with both David De Gea and Daley Blind suffering injuries while playing for their countries.

Fletcher has been tipped to captain the side in tomorrow's eagerly anticipated friendly clash with Roy Hodgson's England side, as Strachan's men look to continue their good form following the 1-0 win over the Republic of Ireland.

Strachan told reporters: "Everybody involved will want to compete and make it as difficult for the other team to win as possible. It will be the same on the other side.

"It was the same in the game on Friday against Ireland, two teams going toe to toe.

"It will be as intense tomorrow. I think the English players involved will enjoy the atmosphere, just as our players will do."

The Scotland boss also slammed suggestions that Friday evening's clash with Ireland was a bloodbath. The game came across as entertaining with a few hard challenges thrown in that one would anticipate from a local derby - with Strachan emphasising that the majority of challenges were fair.

He added: "It was physical but fair on Friday. People said it was some sort of bloodbath. It wasn't. People were going toe-to-toe and respecting each other. It was a game played in the right manner.

"There were bumps and bruises but as long as they were fair challenges, you have to deal with that. I thought it was played in a terrific spirit and I know it will be the same tomorrow night."

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