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Sunderland striker Fletcher grateful to Scotland boss following hat-trick

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher expressed his gratitude towards Scotland manager Gordon Strachan.


Scotland may have failed to qualify for the 2016 European Championships in France but they did end their qualification campaign on a high note by securing a 6-0 victory over Gibraltar in the final group game on Sunday.

The star of the show was Fletcher, who scored a hat-trick, and following the game the Sunderland star thanked Strachan for giving him a chance in the national side despite his struggles at club level for Sunderland.

"Gordon brought me back to the fold when I wasn't involved and I have a lot to thank him for," he said.

"He has stuck by me and hopefully I have repaid him with a few of the goals I scored recently.

"It's been tough because you get a lot of criticism and people talking about you. But I had a chat with the gaffer before the Poland game in the morning. He spoke to me and told me to do what he knew I could do."

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