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Last Updated: Thursday, 27 May, 2004, 21:51 GMT 22:51 UK
Fletcher fulfils dream
Darren Fletcher turned in another excellent performance
Darren Fletcher turned in another excellent performance
Darren Fletcher said winning the FA Cup with Manchester United and captaining Scotland to victory over Estonia in the same week was a "dream come true".

The 20-year-old has established himself for both club and country and became the youngest Scotland captain in a century on Wednesday evening.

He produced another incredibly mature performance as Scotland deservedly beat the Estonians 1-0.

Fletcher was still taking the week's events in at the final whistle.

"I've relished every minute of this week, but I know that experienced players like Christian Dailly and Barry Ferguson will come back in," he said of the captaincy.

"It was a great night. Everybody was magnificent and we played good stuff.

"We'd been working in training on passing and moving and we knew that if we got it going, they wouldn't be able to live with us.

"I think if the goal had come earlier, the flood-gates might have opened and it could have been three or four, but we're just happy to get the result."

Scotland manager Berti Vogts praised his young side and Fletcher in particular after their first away win since the 2-0 victory over Iceland in 2002.

"That was very professional. We provided great entertainment with some good football," said Vogts.

"We created a lot of chances but we have to score more goals.

Nigel Quashie made an impressive debut for Scotland
Nigel Quashie made an impressive debut for Scotland
"We have a lot of potential in the squad, Nigel Quashie has been a great find and in Darren Fletcher we have one of the biggest talents in the UK."

Scotland goalscorer James McFadden admitted he was delighted not to have to defend the national team's display after sealing the win over Estonia.

"It's a nice feeling to win and let the result do the talking," he said.

"We had enough chances to bury the game and thankfully we finally got the goal. We were getting into good positions and hopefully we can start scoring more.

"We knew that nothing less than a win would do tonight and we're pleased to have got it."

Debutant Nigel Quashie said it was a "pleasure" to make his debut for Scotland.

"We were excellent and the win was well deserved," said the Portsmouth player.

"It was a pleasure to play for my country," insisted the former England under-21 cap. "I want to play for Scotland at the big tournaments.

"Some of the young players in the squad are different class, particularly Darren Fletcher who is really top drawer," he added.







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