An injury to Aaron Lennon has created an opportunity for Sunderland forward Danny Welbeck to make a name for himself against Ghana at Wembley this evening (Tuesday, March 29th).
Welbeck, who is on loan at the Stadium of Light from Manchester United, was one of the players to catch the eye in England U21s’ 4-0 victory over Denmark U21s last Thursday.
He capped an impressive performance with a memorable goal and has been rewarded with a call-up to the full England squad by Fabio Capello.
A successful £10 bet at bwin for Welbeck to score the first goal against the Africans will return £80.
Ironically, any appearance by Welbeck tonight would make him ineligible to play for Ghana, the country where both his parents were born.
With Ghanaians John Mensah, Asamoah Gyan and Sully Muntari all playing at Sunderland, Welbeck even spoke to a Ghana FA official about the possibility of him playing for the Black Stars.
However, the Manchester-born hitman is in no doubt where his loyalties lie.
“My mum and dad are from Ghana so I am eligible (to play for them). I saw a person from the Ghana FA after a Sunderland game once in the players’ lounge,” he said.
“There’s been a lot of talk about it but the guy came round to see John Mensah, Asamoah Gyan and Sully Muntari.
“I spoke to him briefly after the game and that’s all that happened. The other lads have been going on about it but that’s all it is.”
England’s line-up against Ghana is uncertain in the wake of Capello’s decision to send several senior players home following Saturday’s 2-0 win over Wales.
With no Wayne Rooney or Frank Lampard, Ashley Young could be the man to continue his impressive form in an England shirt and carry the Three Lions’ main attacking threat.
The Aston Villa forward is available at 8/1 to open the scoring at Wembley with his second international goal.
Meanwhile, Welbeck’s Sunderland teammate Gyan is priced at 15/2 to score the first goal of the match.
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