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Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher plays down prospect of becoming English Premier League record breaker with West Brom


Scotland captain Darren Fletcher admits he is not even thinking about the prospect of becoming an English Premier League record breaker.

The West Brom midfielder is enjoying the longest active streak of consecutive starts for an outfield player in the top-flight having made 82 straight outings for the Baggies.

Leicester City skipper Wes Morgan had been on 88 until he was forced to sit out the Foxes’ recent victory over West Ham, while Fletcher still has work to do if he is to surpass former Ipswich and Charlton midfielder Matt Holland’s record of 115.

The 33-year-old’s current run is all the more impressive given that he faced a battle to overcome the career threatening condition ulcerative colitis before making the switch from Manchester United to the Hawthorns in February 2015.

But 78-times capped Fletcher, who is set to return to Old Trafford with West Brom this weekend, has played down any hope of reaching the target.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, he said: “It’s great but it has not been flying fit and 100 per cent every game.

”There have been times when I have been injured and playing. That is part of professional football.

“It makes a change from being rested at United all the time.”

Fletcher, who was an unused Scotland substitute in Sunday’s vital 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over Slovenia, added: “I don’t really like talking about it too much but it is what it is.
”It has been great to do.

“It’s not something I thought would happen but it’s happening and I just keep enjoying it.

“I am not superstitious. It probably won’t reach 100. I am realistic to know it is what it is.”

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