Some Scotland fans were left pining for Steven Fletcher after the Tartan Army were thrashed 4-0 in Russia on Thursday.
The Sheffield Wednesday striker has scored 10 goals in 33 games for his country, but was last called up in November 2018.
Ironically, Fletcher’s international absence has coincided, arguably, with his best Owls form, with 13 of his 30 strikes having arrived since then.
And with Oliver Burke (one) the only striker to have scored for Scotland since then, it is perhaps no surprise to see Fletcher’s name doing the rounds on Twitter.
Steven Fletcher’s Scotland absence is so frustrating. If they could get to a position where this team played regularly, they’d do ok: Marshall; Tierney, Souttar, McKenna, Robertson; McTominay, McGinn (Jack); Forrest, McGregor (Christie), Fraser; Fletcher.
— Ewan Murray (@mrewanmurray) October 11, 2019
It’s a sad state of affairs when I actually agree we could be done with Steven Fletcher
— Ricky Christie (@RickyChristie8) October 11, 2019
Oli Burke makes Steven Fletcher look like R9, surely Stu Armstrong can have a word in Che Adams ear and get him up.
— Chris Harrison (@Harrybhoy67) October 11, 2019
Steven Fletcher and Leigh Griffith’s still the best Scottish strikers we have got at international level hopefully Griffith’s is fit asap and get all they Humpty’s to fuck at centre back and get Ryan porteous in now may aswell get them up to speed now.
— stephengilmour (@stephengilmour4) October 10, 2019
Mind watching that game against Israel and Steven fletcher was best player on the pitch not had a sniff since
— Dale (@DaleGray92) October 10, 2019
A Chris Martin and Steven Fletcher double act up front give the fans what they want
— Eoin (@eoingarvey99) October 10, 2019
Fletcher’s Sheffield Wednesday teammate, Liam Palmer, played the full 90 minutes in Moscow – reverting to his natural right-back position, having spent much of 2019 on the opposite side of the Owls’ back four.
But another Wednesday regular, Barry Bannan, was left at home like Fletcher.
The Owls’ other international, Atdhe Nuhiu, started and finished Kosovo’s 1-0 friendly win against Gibraltar and appeared to deflect in the goal that was awarded to Florent Hasani.