Miller happy Fletcher is back

  • Last Updated: October 10 2012, 12:08 BST

Striker Kenny Miller has welcomed the return of Steven Fletcher to the Scotland fold even though it could cost him his own place in the team.

Steven Fletcher: Back in Scotland fold

Fletcher has ended his international exile ahead of the World Cup qualifying double-header against Wales and Belgium after the intervention of a third party helped him heal a rift with boss Craig Levein.

The in-form Sunderland forward had previously not been involved with the national team since informing the Scottish Football Association by text message that he did not wish to be selected for a game against Northern Ireland in February 2011.

Vancouver Whitecaps striker Miller - who has declared himself fit for Friday's clash in Cardiff after recovering from a hamstring strain - is pleased the issue has been resolved despite the increased competition.

He told the Scottish Sun: "Steven coming back into the squad affects me, of course it does.

"It affects me in the sense there is now a young player - who plays at a high level, scoring goals regularly - who is part of our squad. It's competition, simple as that.

"But I'm absolutely thrilled the situation has been sorted, we all are. I said before the last qualifiers, the situation had to be resolved.

"As a group, we will gladly have him play."

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