To Make England World Cup Squad Danny Welbeck

Football - World Cup 2018 - 23 May 00:00

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England historically take 4 strikers major tournaments (Southgate actually took 5 to the Euros), Kane, Rashford and Vardy are on the plane barring injuries leaving the 4th place up for grabs. The realistic contenders are Welbeck, Abraham, Carroll, Austin and Sturridge.

Let's start by arguing Welbeck's case. He has already been picked by Southgate, has 36 International caps with 15 goals and has been picked for 2 of the last 3 major tournaments (Euro 2016, the one he missed, was through injury). He is also fit and playing for Arsenal again, more game time looks on the horizon with the possible departures of Sanchez and Walcott.

Abraham only has 2 caps mainly due to experimentation and lack of options, Swansea are struggling and he as well might struggle to get sufficient game time with Bony at the club. Carroll last call up was 6 years ago and he has just 2 goals in 9 for England over a similar career length to Welbeck. Austin brings nothing extra that Kane, Vardy and Rashford don't have. He's a 20/1 shot without an England cap and would have to have a very good finish to the season. Sturridge struggles with injuries andis heavily out of favour at Liverpool starting just 5 matches all year. Hodgson was heavily criticised for taking Wilshere to the Euros with no game time and I expect Southgate will avoid the same situation with Sturridge's potential inclusion.

Southgate will need little convincing when considering taking Welbeck due to his performances at International level, if he consistenly plays the rest of the season 5.0 looks huge to be the 4th if not 5th striker on the plane, double stakes.
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