Date:16th May 2012 at 10:43pm
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Jermaine who? -England's future lies with this man.

Jermaine who?- England's future lies with this man.

As the world ponders the idea that Jordan Henderson is a better player than Michael Carrick, bewildered fans try to work out how a disastrous season featuring no assists or goals warrants a place in the England squad, Roy Hodgson at least got one thing right. Danny Welbeck’s inclusion in the England squad may have been something of a foregone conclusion to many United fans but then again so was Carrick’s. The big question now is will the manager formerly known as ‘Woy’ give the most talented young striker at his disposal the chance his ability deserves.

Welbeck isn’t much of an impact player, he’s better used as a starter, whether that’s alongside Rooney, or with his scouse team mate dropping deep into a midfield role, Longsight’s finest has shown this season he’s more than capable of leading the line. If you’d asked me last week whether I thought Welbeck would be starting at the Euros I’d given an emphatic ‘yes. After seeing Hodgson’s squad, however, his reasons for leaving out Rio- lack of England games despite new skipper Steven Gerrard having played less in the same amount of time- and the fact he seems to think Juventus’s Andrea Pirlo was playing for Milan -I’m beginning to wonder.

There’s been a growing Andy Carroll campaign in the media lately, based on three decent games for Liverpool which included goals against the mighty Blackburn and missing a sitter at Wembley, my only worry is with new skipper Gerrard flexing his influence as well as the media, Hodgson may decide to start with Carroll.

Welbeck may find himself used sparingly and possibly not doing himself justice as he’s given the odd cameo to try and prove his worth on the international stage. I’m not going to bother with stats- I don’t need to, I already know that Welbeck has scored more goals than Carroll, I also know he’s had a much bigger influence on his club over the season than Defoe has.

Welbeck has been one of United’s real bright sparks this season, moving up a level and galvanising much of the Old Trafford faithful. Have Defoe or Carroll inspired their fans/team this season? Welbeck has earned his place in the team. The only question is will Hodgson realise this and start Welbeck?

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