Scotland Face Czech Republic

Darren Fletcher returns as skipper for Scotland's crucial Euro 2012 qualifier against Czech Republic at Hampden tomorrow

The Manchester United midfielder has not played for his country in 2011 and has only played two competitive games since the beginning of March because of a virus.

Christophe Berra has been preferred to Danny Wilson as partner to Gary Caldwell in the heart of Craig Levein's defence.

Aston Villa's new signing Alan Hutton makes his first start of the season but there were few surprises with Kenny Miller leading the line as expected.

Team: McGregor, Hutton, Caldwell, Berra, Bardsley, Naismith, Fletcher, Adam, Brown, Morrison, Miller.

And Craig Levein says he's happy to carry the hopes of the Scottish nation on his shoulders in tomorrow's crunch Euro 2012 qualifier against Czech Republic at Hampden.

The Scotland boss knows his side need to take maximum points against the Czechs and Lithuania, who visit next Tuesday night, to have a realistic chance of winning a play-off place as runners-up to runaway Group I leaders Spain.

Levein's side are five points behind the second-placed Czechs with a game in hand and expectations are building ahead of the match which is a 52,000 sell-out.

The former Dundee United and Hearts boss welcomes the pressure and is confident his players are ready to deliver.

``More than anything I am looking forward to walking out on the pitch at Hampden tomorrow in front of a full house with the hopes and expectations of the Scottish people placed firmly on the shoulders of myself and the rest of the group,'' said Levein.

``I can tell you that I am absolutely comfortable with those expectations and the players are absolutely ready to reward the Scottish fans for their support.

``We have Hampden full but we have people sitting at home who are glued to the television who are desperate for the national team to perform and win matches.

``If you want to play or manage at the top level then these are the expectations that you want to embrace.

``I can tell you every player involved in the squad is desperate to play.

``We will do absolutely everything in our power to win this match.

``I know how to prepare for matches and I recognise when teams are ready to play and we are ready to play.''

Levein's passionate proclamation hinted at a need for redemption.

The Scotland boss is still not allowed to forget the game against the Czechs in Prague last October where he was heavily criticised after he played without a striker and lost 1-0.

Levein was not for apologising, but claimed circumstances dictated his tactics.

``The criticism is always good, providing it's valid criticism,'' said the former Scotland defender.

``It was straightforward. It was the right decision to make and I will make decisions about tomorrow's team based on what I believe is the right thing to do.

``I always look at myself first and foremost after every match and see where thing have gone well and where things have not gone well.

``The job is different than it was a year ago.

``I have far more reasons to be encouraged by what I have seen in the last year.

``I have been involved in football for a long time and I can assure you, the team spirit, harmony within the group and the quality of players gives me great confidence.''

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