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Fletcher believes Scotland will be ready for Israel

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Darren Fletcher believes Scotland will be ready for their winner takes all clash against Israel.

The Scottish national team host Israel at Hampden Park on Tuesday in their final group game of the UEFA Nations League knowing a victory could help secure a playoff place for Euro 2020.

Alex McLeish’s side lost the reverse fixture 2-1 in Israel last month but Fletcher thinks the Scots will be ready to deliver a more confident performance after a comfortable 4-0 against Albania on Saturday.

Speaking to Sky Sports about the Israel game, the former Scotland international:

“It’s going to be difficult but I think the biggest thing is they’ve saved a lot of legs and conserved a lot of energy.”

“I don’t think it was a difficult game for Scotland physically so there’ll have lots of energy about them come Tuesday.”

“The turnaround will be quite short but they’ll be ready for it.”

“It’s a must win game and it gives a great chance to qualify. We knew the performance level in Israel wasn’t good enough.”

“We allowed them too much possession and we allowed them to control the game. We weren’t aggressive enough but I think that was partly down to the formation.

“This time it will be 4-3-3, it will be pace, it will be aggressive, there will be pressing and it will be up and at them. I think you’ll see a totally different Scotland performance.”