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United forward set to star for England at upcoming European Championships

Posted by nickogs20 on June 3, 2008

Action Images / Lee SmithYep, you have read that right. Granted, it’s the UEFA U19 European Championships, but still… England are through the finals, to be held in the Czech Republic between the 14th and the 26th of July, and barring injuries Danny Welbeck should be a part of the squad.

Welbeck was a part of the group that travelled to Belarus last week for the Elite Qualifying Round. The young Mancunian striker watched the 2-0 win against Poland (West Ham’s Freddie Sears scoring both goals) and the 1-0 victory over Serbia (Reading midfielder James Henry with the winner) from the bench, unable to break up the strike partnership of Sears and Newcastle’s Andy Carroll, but played practically the full ninety minutes (only being replaced in injury time at the end of the game) in the vital 0-0 draw with Belarus that secured England’s place in the finals.

England have been drawn with Italy, Greece and the hosts Czech Republic in Group B, which will be based in the city of Liberec. The Czech capital Prague will stage the games in Group A, which contains Germany, Spain, Hungary and Bulgaria. Welbeck will in all likelihood be United’s sole representative at the finals, although Danny Drinkwater and Ben Amos must be considered outside chances to join him in the England squad and Federico Macheda is a long shot to be called up by Italy. One implication of Welbeck’s likely presence at the finals will be the youngster missing out on the opportunity to travel with the first team on tour to South Africa and Nigeria, although the tremendous experience tournament football offers should outweigh any negatives there.

Eurosport will have extensive coverage of the finals on both television and their website, and you’ll find any relevant news, squad announcements and match previews and reports on United Youth in due course.


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