Gareth Southgate announced his 23-man England squad on Wednesday afternoon, with some inclusion turning many England fans heads.
A big shock to fans, including myself, was the addition of former Manchester United, and current Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck. The 27-year-old is one of four strikers picked by Southgate, and could be seen as ‘one too many strikers’, if Southgate opts for the 3-4-3 formation.
Though he has played both up-front and on the wing for Arsenal this season, Welbeck has managed to score 10 goals, in 43 appearances in all competitions. That is the lowest of all four strikers in the squad.
This biggest question is, why has Welbeck has been chosen? Is it because he has scored 15 goals, in 37 appearances for The Three Lions?, is Southgate using Welbeck’s experience to outweigh his performance this season? Or is it because Southgate sees him as more of a ‘utility man’, and could look to play him as a back-up winger and/or striker?
Could Welbeck’s seat on the plane to Russia be used more wisely? Only time will tell. I don’t see Welbeck getting much game-time if he is used as a back-up striker, and I feel like his spot could’ve been used to strengthen our midfield more. However, Welbeck may collect some minutes if he is played on the wing.
What do you think of Welbeck’s inclusion in the England Squad? Should his place have been given to someone else, or is Southgate right to have picked him? Let us know in the comments below!