Scotland: Get Fletcher back or forget it… The brutal truth is that Scotland just do not have the strikers to justify keeping Steven Fletcher out of the squad.l on Monday and his arrival will put pressure on the forward positions.Traore has impressed in European competition and is regarded in the £35million bracket, says the Chelsea-striker-Bertrand-Traore.html” target=”_blank”>Daily Mail.Bournemouth have Certainly not if they want to qualify for the World Cup. His availability in itself would give Craig Levein the option of changing the way his team plays and I really am surprised that nobody has brokered the deal to sort this all out. Whether it could have been Mick McCathy, his old manager at Wolves or his current manager Martin O’Neill, you just wonder whether somebody could have acted as the middle man and brought both parties together. To be fair, as club managers, they probably thought: ‘If he is not playing for Scotland he is not getting injured, he is not travelling halfway around the world and he will be a better player for it.’ But whatever you say, we’ve just had the Olympic football tournament and we have seen the pride that so many players have had in appearing for their countries. If you are Steven Fletcher, you must want to play for your country, surely? I get it if you are 30, 31 and you are thinking to yourself: ‘If I don’t play international football I can get two or three extra years out of my career at club level.’ But not at his age, 24. At international level he is unproven and I don’t know why he does not want to test himself at the highest level. This is so easily sorted out. He can ring Craig Levein or get a message to him asking if there is any chance of a chat. If he does that, Craig is not going to turn him away is he? Not on the back of a goalless draw at home against Serbia and with the Scottish public getting restless. Have another conversation. Give Craig the chance to ask: ‘What is your problem?’, ‘Why don’t you want to play?’ If it is so deep seated that Steven isn’t interested then fine. But I can’t believe that he couldn’t be persuaded. Craig could have drawn a line under the European Championships and said: ‘Look, we’ve got a brand new World Cup campaign. Let’s forget what has gone on in the past and move on.’ Because let’s be clear here. Craig Levein will live or die by results. So why not pick the strongest possible team that he can. And if that means going back to Fletcher, having a cup of coffee and sorting it out, well it’s only words isn’t it? You only forget it completely if Fletcher says that he is not playing under any circumstances surely. But the whole thing about a manager is that he has to manage a team, he has to manage the individuals and he has to manage the team in terms of having to get results. This basically is Levein’s A-level exam. If they fail to qualify then he will have to suffer the consequences. He knows himself that that is the way things go. I’m not party to whether other players have said that if Fletcher comes back in then they are not going to play. But I would seriously doubt that. If you told the players that that was what you were planning as it would give them a better chance of going to Brazil they would say: ‘Yo, ship him in.’ Wouldn’t they? So if you are Levein and you find yourself at this crossroads where having Fletcher back is the difference between you keeping or losing your job, you’d do it in a heartbeat. England: Tom's good… but a winning Norwich City debut against Bournemouth.Duda flourished in the number ten role and was key in City’s return to winning ways.Speaking to canaries.co.uk after the game, Duda said: “I’m happy of course, we are all happy. It was an important he's not Fab If we are going to compare Tom Cleverley to Cesc Fabregas after one game against Moldova then we are clutching at straws a little bit. It’s a bit of an early shout to say the least. Roy Hodgson was obviously delighted with the way Tom and his England side played on Friday night and made his comments after that. But you really do have to factor in the lack of quality about the opposition – they just were not good enough. There is no doubt that Tom’s improvement is there for all to see. It’s the classic case of a good young player at Manchester United who has been sent away for some first-team experience with another club and the player concerned returns a different proposition. His performances for Wigan in the Premier League convinced Sir Alex Ferguson that he was good enough for United and he is a good player. But he has still got quite a way to go yet. I don’t see him as a no.10 as some people do. He just got so much time and space against the Moldovans as they were so bad. He isn’t really a goalscorer either. For me he is simply a creative midfield player and a very good one at that. If we are coming off after the game against Ukraine tomorrow raving about him because he has performed against THEM as he did against the Moldovans then that might be a bit different. And certainly Sir Alex won’t be having any of that Fabregas guff when he gets back to United. Let’s just give him the time he needs to develop into a good player. Wales: It's all or nothing… so probably nothing The problem with Wales is that they need their big players to perform every single time they play to have any chance of qualifying. The stars of that squad are surrounded by Championship players and so if the big names don't shine then the top quality isn't there. Chris Coleman is in a position where he always has to ask players to perform above themselves. Can they do it ten times out of ten? Its a big ask. You might get four or five but ten? I don't think so. You might get lucky if you are in a group where you are facing a few minnows and a superpower on the wane. But if you are in a group like the one Wales have, with Belgium and Croatia in there, you really are up against it. Republic of Ireland: Just waiting to dump Trap Giovanni Trapattoni can only play one way. His team play 4-4-2, its the Trapattoni way and they are a grind-you-down team with no real stars or matchwinners at this level. Consequently when they have a bit of a shaky day against a Kazakhstan they look extremely ordinary. A lot of people were screaming for Trapattoni to go after the Euros and that was probably the time to say: 'You know what Trap, its been fantastic.' It was a break-up of the team with Duff and Given going. I know Robbie Keane is still around but I just think it was time for Trapattoni to go. He is in his 70's, his team didn't turn up at the Euros for whatever reason and the Republic should have said: 'Thank you but no thank you.' Because for me they are waiting for a defeat that will seal his fate. The fans know it, the players know it and it I just don't think it will happen for them in terms of qualification. Northern Ireland: Sorry, it's a no It's quite simple for Michael O'Neill. Good groups of players come around in cycles and right now Michael doesn't have that quality at his disposal. It will come. Belgium are enjoying their time now and Northern Ireland themselves had a decent group, for example, at the 1982 World Cup when they had the likes of Mal Donaghy, Martin O'Neill, Gerry Armstrong and Sammy McIlroy. But right now it is all about putting in that work to develop the players that will take the country forward.