Steven Fletcher

Cats set for World Cup qualifiers

by Kate Smith

Players in action this weekend.

A number of Sunderland stars will feature in this weekend’s programme of international fixtures as the World Cup qualifying stages progress.

Leading scorer Steven Fletcher will return to the Scotland line-up ahead of key clashes with Wales and Belgium.

Adam Johnson could play a part in Roy Hodgson’s side as the Three Lions host San Marino at Wembley Stadium, before travelling to Poland next week.

The Republic of Ireland has a strong red and white contingent, with four players on duty.

Black Cats defender John O’Shea is expected to skipper Giovanni Trapattoni’s side for their games with Germany and Faroe Islands.

While David Meyler, Keiren Westwood and James McClean have also been named in the squad.

Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet could add to his Belgium caps in the forthcoming clashes with Serbia and Scotland, whilst Sebastian Larsson has linked up with Sweden ahead of their crunch ties with Faroe Islands and Germany.

Elsewhere, loan star Danny Rose and young front man Connor Wickham are in the England under-21 squad for their Euro 2013 play-off with Serbia.