Daniel Sturridge’s injury-enforced absence means Danny Welbeck is likely to be handed his Liverpool counterpart’s starting spot in attack for England against San Marino.
The Arsenal striker has ingratiated seamlessly into the Gunners fold following his deadline day transfer from Manchester United and his fine form makes Roy Hodgson’s choice as to who to replace the former Chelsea man with an easy one.
Patriotic misguidance plays no part in the assumption that the Three Lions are going to steamroller a grossly inadequate San Marino outfit, with the bwin.com odds gurus attributing a price of 1/100 about the one-time world champions claiming the spoils here.
So, with the match betting market effectively closed for business, backing the one they call Welbz to fill his boots could be the way to punt here.
Should the son of Longsight fire a first international hat-trick at Wembley, a 7/5 payday awaits those savvy enough to stake their hard-earned on it.
Amassing such a tally, regardless of the quality of opponent, can only serve to aid Welbeck’s cause to usurp Sturridge from the number nine berth in the England side.
Reunited with former Manchester United colleague Wayne Rooney at the spearhead of the attack, the Three Lions are poised to reap the rewards from a strike partnership that has prospered plenty of times in the past.
If the band impresses upon getting back together, calls to shelve the struggling Sturridge-Rooney project could well begin.
In terms of goal records, not a lot divides Welbeck from the line-leading incumbent.
The former has fired ten goals in his 28 caps, while Sturridge has weighed in with a marginally inferior five in 16.
Welbeck would likely argue that his tally would be far higher had he not been deployed almost exclusively as a winger on the international front, while the man he’s looking to oust has enjoyed almost unbridled access to a preferred central striking berth.
If he is to realise those desires to supersede Sturridge as England’s first-choice striker, the former Man Utd marksman will need to make sure his best shooting boots are on for the upcoming outings.