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Fletcher would welcome England draw

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Darren Fletcher would have no fears if Scotland were bracketed with England in Saturday night's World Cup qualifying draw in Rio.

Craig Levein's team are in pot four and could have to battle against the Auld Enemy, who are in pot one, for a place in the 2014 finals in Brazil.

"I would love to play them," the Scotland skipper told BBC Scotland "It is not something I would be fearful of, rather it is time we were playing them again."

He added: "It would mean some banter on the Manchester United training ground with guys like Rooney and Ferdinand - and maybe a couple of solid kicks aimed at team-mates.

"But I think it would be good for the Scottish players and fans. It would be a massive game for us. I remember the Euro play-off at Hampden and Wembley in 1999 and it was fantastic to beat them, although we lost on aggregate to two goals from Paul Scholes."

Fletcher, on the way back to full fitness after a mystery illness ruled him out of United's run-in to the title and a place in the Champions League final against Barcelona, is optimistic about the future and still harbours belief that Scotland can make the Euro 2012 finals.

The Scots take on Denmark in a friendly at Hampden next month before a qualifying double-header at the national stadium against Czech Republic and Lithuania, described by Levein's assistant, Peter Houston, as 'must-win' games.

Fletcher said: "I believe we can get to the play-off.

"Every game is a must win game and sometimes it is good when you know where you stand.

"You dream as a kid of playing for your country in a finals, whether it is World Cup or Euro, and I would hate it if when it is all over I never featured in either."

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