It has been rumoured heavily that Scotland manager Gordon Strachan will request midfielder Darren Fletcher to take the captaincy going forward.
Scotland are still dependent on the former Manchester United midfielder, who took an extended break from the game in order to recover from personal health issues. Fletcher has the experience of captaining Scotland after being handed the armband when Barry Ferguson was suspended in 2009. However, since he had to undergo a break from the game, Scotland reverted that decision once he was unavailable for an extended period of time.
Now that he has started playing regularly, Strachan is contemplating the idea of requesting Fletcher to wear the armband once again. This move is expected to help the team do well in the upcoming World Cup 2018 qualification campaign. Even though there are concerns about his age, Strachan seems confident that the midfielder can carry on playing at least until the World Cup. Fletcher will be 34 by the time the World Cup kicks off in Russia. The World Cup qualification for Scotland begins on September 4 with a game against Malta. Fletcher has been playing regularly in the last couple of years and his playing time has only increased after the move to West Brom.
Tony Pulis has been using the experienced campaigner in all of his league games. If Fletcher turn down the possibility to join take on the armband, Strachan may be looking at options like James Morrison, Robert Snodgrass, and Russell Martin. The national team has been undergoing a major revamp in order to build for the future. These three players have been branded as the future of the Scottish national team after progressing from the under 21 team with flying colours. In the recent squad announced by Strachan,Jordan Rhodes and Ross McCormack were left out.