Scotland have not reached a major football tournament since the 1998 World Cup in France, and missed out on the EUROs this year partly down to Levein’s tactical ineptitude which kicked off against the Czech Republic in Prague and the infamous 4-6-0 formation.
In the aftermath of that game, Fletcher criticised Levein and sent a text message stating that he was unavailable for a friendly against Northern Ireland in February 2011.
Since then the Wolves striker has not been selected as Levein and Fletcher have aired their grievances out in public.
Levein announced Fletcher’s exile, saying: “I won’t consider Fletcher for any matches. It’s now 15 months since Fletcher sent a text saying: ‘Tell him I don’t want to play’. Those were the words. Until now, the door has been open but 15 months is a long time.”
The decision to snub Fletcher, leaves Scotland with Kenny Miller (Cardiff City), Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton), David Goodwillie (Blackburn) and potentially Jordan Rhodes (Huddersfield Town) as the nation’s strike force ahead of the World Cup qualifiers.
Refusing to select or even put their differences aside and exiling Fletcher could certainly have a major impact on Scotland’s chances of securing their place in Brazil.
Ahead of the international friendly against the United States on the 26th May, Levein added: “This is a natural cut-off point. Going into a new campaign, I don’t want the distraction.
“That’s it finished now. It’s not a ban. I have given the SFA’s chief executive Stewart Regan the courtesy of letting him know.
“But this is purely me acting in what I think are the best interests of the national team.”
Calling all tartan army supporters – is the banishment of Fletcher under Levein’s charge in the best interests of the national side?