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Darren Fletcher
Darren Fletcher
Date of birth:

February 1, 1984

Nationality:

Flag of Scotland Scotland

Position:

Midfielder

Team:

Stoke City F.C.

Darren Barr Fletcher (born 1 February 1984) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Stoke City and the Scotland national team. He has also played as a right winger and on occasion in defence.[3]

Fletcher came through the ranks of Manchester United's Youth Academy and spent 20 years with United, making 342 appearances for the club. With them, he won five Premier Leagues, one FA Cup, two League Cups, the UEFA Champions League, four FA Community Shields and the FIFA Club World Cup. Fletcher was included in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year for 2009–10. He was named vice-captain in his last season with the club. He joined West Bromwich Albion in February 2015, where he made 97 appearances, before signing for Stoke City in June 2017.

Fletcher made his Scotland debut in 2003 and scored his first international goal on his second appearance. The following year, he played as the team's youngest captain for over a century. After Barry Ferguson was banned from international football because of a breach of regulations, Fletcher was given the captaincy on a full-time basis in August 2009.[4][5] He has won 78 caps and scored five goals for Scotland.[6]

The middle of Fletcher's career was disrupted by an extended break from football due to continuing health problems caused by ulcerative colitis.[7] Between November 2011 and December 2013, he played only ten times for his club, undergoing in early 2013 an operation to lessen the effects of the condition after a failed return in September 2012.