After months of tension Steven Fletcher's return to the Scotland squad was surprisingly easy Photograph: SNS
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Now all Craig Levein needs to do to qualify for Brazil 2014 is perform the footballing equivalent of the loaves and the fishes. From Ally MacLeod at Anfield, via the highs and lows of Ninian Park in 1985, to the brutal end to George Burley's reign, Scotland managers have often been defined by their encounters with Wales and the rapprochement Levein reached with Steven Fletcher last week was a tacit admission that Friday's fixture at the Cardiff City Stadium could also have major consequences for the current incumbent. Win in Wales and Scotland might be able to start feeling good about themselves again ahead of the excursion to Belgium the following week. Lose and all bets are off.
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