Steven Fletcher is looking forward to this week swapping the Hillsborough roar for the din of the Tartan Army, as the Scotland striker aims to keep up his country’s push for a place at the World Cup.
The Wednesday frontman was on target for the Scots in the last qualifier, coming off the bench to head home during Gordon Strachan’s side’s emphatic 5-1 win in Malta.
Fletcher and his team mates will face an altogether more difficult challenge to their World Cup hopes this coming week as they take on Lithuania at Hampden on Saturday followed by a tough trip to Slovakia on Tuesday night.
As always, Fletcher is relishing the opportunity to pull on a Scotland shirt, not least at home.
“It is always good to go back up home, although the drive is a bit longer now!
“It is nice to go back home. We get a few days before we meet up and I see my mates so it’s good.
“We have some important games coming up.
“We have got Lithuania coming up and it is always nice to play at Hampden and then we have a tough away game at Slovakia.
“We made a great start against Malta. The gaffer changed the team around a lot. Quite a few new guys came in and they showed him that they can step in and don’t look out of place.
“A few boys got goals including Robert Snodgrass. It was good for him to get a hat-trick. It couldn’t happen to a better guy. We have some good form going into the next qualifier.”
Also among the squad is Fletcher’s Wednesday team mate Barry Bannan.
The former Burnley and Sunderland man has admitted before that he enjoyed playing alongside the midfielder and he hopes the link up play they have shown in an Owls shirt will work out on the international stage.
“It’s always good ( to play with Bannan),” added Fletcher. “The little man is always looking to make an assist. He’s great.”
No footballer dares to look too far ahead but the pick of the fixtures from this World Cup qualifying group sees Scotland face England at Wembley next month.
Fletcher and the many members of the Scotland squad that ply their trade on this side of the border will be relishing the opportunity to take on England in their own back yard, but there’s a lot of work to be done before then.
“It has definitely made things a little more tasty,” he admitted. “These things happen in football, but we’re not thinking about that one yet.”