This has to be a joke!
Darren Fletcher has rejected a plea from Scotland boss George Burley to sit out Sunday’s Community Shield match between Manchester United and Chelsea.
Burley was desperate to secure the early release of United midfielder Fletcher for next Wednesday’s crucial World Cup qualifier in Norway.
The Scotland boss had been in discussions with the player and United boss Sir Alex Ferguson over the issue, but it is understood Fletcher did not want to jeopardise his place in the pecking order at Old Trafford. (Daily Mail)
Let me get this straight. Scotland have a crucial World Cup Qualifier against Norway on Wednesday so wisely George Burley asks for the Man United man to be rested ahead of the game Oslo but he seems to think that the bloody Charity Shield is more important? Incredible!
Now don’t get me wrong Sir Alex isn’t the only manager to be embroiled in the club versus country row but he sure as hell is invariable involved in a great many such battles. The fact that the Scotsman would feel that his presence in the set-up for a totally meaningless game is worth jeopardising his chances of playing for his country in a World Cup qualifier beggars belief. We are after all talking about the former Scotland captain here!
Whilst it may be the player himself who has decided this course of action is neither here nor there as Ferguson could just as easily have said to the lad that he would be better off concentrating on being fit and ready for international action rather than getting a run out for the Chelsea match.