Striker Steven Fletcher has warned World Cup-bound Super Eagles that Scotland intent on inflicting a defeat on the African champions when both teams clash next Wednesday in an international friendly at Craven Cottage, England.
The Sunderland forward, who has scored 14 times in 48 appearances for the Scottish national side, told The Herald that they were going to use the match against the Nigerians to prove that they were as a good as other teams whose flags will be flying and fluttering high in the skies of Brazil from June 12.
Speaking ahead of the clash with the three-time African kings, the 27 year-old forward, who began his career in Hibernian in 2004, said that he expects a tough duel against the Super Eagles, who have been grouped alongside Argentina, Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina in the World Cup finals.
“We expect a tough game against Nigeria because they are a good team, who have some good players, some of them playing in the league. But we would not play them with dropped heads. We fancy our chances of winning the game and hope that we get a favourable result at the end of the night”, said Fletcher, who will likely link up with Ross McCormack as Scotland’s strike-force in the match against the Eagles.
The duo played together in Scotland’s last international against Poland on March . Scotland defeated the Poles 1-0, courtesy of a captain’s strike from Scott Brown.
Coach Gordon Strachan will be counting on his troops to continue from where they stopped in March when they take on the Eagles at Craven Cottage.
They are using the Eagles match to prepare for the Euro 2016 qualifier with Poland holding later in the year. Germany, Republic of Ireland, Georgia and Gibraltar are the other teams in the group.