Last week we revealed the exciting news that Sunderland and Scotland striker Steven Fletcher will be wearing Umbro Geometra cleats when he steps onto the pitch this season. Now, with Steven close to a return, we thought it was a great time to sit down with him and find out a little bit more about his ambitions for the season, his hopes for Scotland and just who he’d like to invite to his own version of Come Dine With Me.
Alongside that, we also did some serious investigation. In our research, we discovered that although Steven sounds as Scottish as the Forth Road Bridge, he was in fact born in England. So, we thought that it was our duty to investigate this and to find out just how Scottish he is, with the help of some tricky questions.
As you can see in the video here, Steven might not have got all of them right, but we’re willing to let him off and accept him as a true Scot. We’re also sure that, if he continues to bang in the goals for both Scotland and Sunderland, the fans won’t mind one bit!
Thanks again to Steven for taking the time to speak to us and answer our daft questions. If you’re struggling to interpret his Glaswegian accent, we’ve also transcribed the video for you below.
We hear that you’re a keen chef. Who would you invite on your episode of Come Dine With Me?
SF: ‘You’ve got to have a good mixture, I’d have to have Big Duncan Ferguson for a bit of banter, and in case anyone steps out of line he can jump in. Razor Ruddock, that’d be a good chat between them two, wouldn’t it! And then Gazza, just for a bit of banter again. That’s an interesting group, that’d be a good dinner party that, wouldn’t it?”
Is it true that Real Madrid were once interested in signing you?
SF: ‘Na, I don’t think so. That was the first time I’d heard it when I saw it in the paper. But I got a bit of stick rather than anything else for that, I had a few pictures on my locker of me with a Real Madrid strip on. Not the best part of my career, even though it was flattering for them to even mention me.’
Does signing for a new club for big money put extra pressure on you?
SF: ‘I don’t really let it affect me, I know people try to make it affect you by bringing it up quite a lot when you first sign for a club, but I kind of put that to bed in my first few games at Sunderland by scoring a few goals, and may it continue.’
What difference has Paulo Di Canio and the new signings made at Sunderland?
SF: ‘He’s exactly as you see, what you see is what you get with him. He’s very enthusiastic on the side of the pitch in games, and he’s the same in training.
I think we needed to add a few new faces to the team, just to change it up a bit from last season, and I think the boys that the gaffer has brought in have been good additions, there’s a good atmosphere around the club just now.
I think we did need to add a striker and we have with Jozey (Altadore), he’s a good player and I knew him before he came to the club, so it’s good he’s come. It’s good to have a bit of competition.’
How does it feel to be back involved with Scotland?
SF: ‘I’m looking forward to getting a good few caps under my belt, because I’ve missed a couple of years. I just want to get as many caps as I can now, and hopefully get a few goals along the way.’
What do you think the squad can achieve under Gordon Strachan?
SF: ‘I think we took a lot of positives out of the England campaign, I think this campaign is over for us now, but if we can pick up a few good results and then take all of that into the next campaign, then hopefully we can make a big championship soon.’
You were born in England but raised in Scotland, so exactly How Scottish Are You?
SF: ‘I’m English….’
Can you name the two brothers in The Proclaimers?
SF: ‘I sang ‘500 Miles’ as well, so I can’t believe that I can’t remember their names. They actually look a bit like him actually, don’t they? It’s Craig and Charlie by the way.’
When was the last time you had haggis?
SF: ‘About two weeks ago actually – it wasn’t traditional but my missus’s mum made it for me. It was chicken stuffed with haggis, it was nice.’
What’s the difference between a roll with sausage and a sausage roll?
SF: ‘A sausage roll is something you get from Greggs, and a roll with sausage is a roll with some sausage in it. I’m from Glasgow, that’s why I knew that one!’
Do you know what Cock-A-Leekie is?
SF: ‘Where are you getting these questions from?!’
Who did Robert Carlyle play in Trainspotting?
SF: ‘How do I not know this?’
Who is the greatest living Scotsman – Sean Connery or Rod Stewart?
SF: ‘Personally I’d say Rod Stewart.’
What is Irn Bru made from?
SF: ‘Girders – you love that don’t you, because of the way we say that!’