Darren Fletcher faced even more International disappointment this week after a defeat to Holland meant he will not be travelling to next summer’s World Cup.

With Wayne Rooney enjoying great goal-scoring form for his country as well club, England have qualified with two games to spare, which has meant the English players have been giving Fletcher a lot of stick.

“Darren has had some stick,” said Rooney. “There is still a rivalry between Scotland and England, so while we are sad for him, that is about it in terms of feeling sorry that they haven’t qualified. It’s fair to say there has been quite a bit of banter.”