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Welbeck May Play for Ghana Instead of England

Danny Welbeck Danny Welbeck of Sunderland reacts to a missed chance during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and West Ham United at the Stadium of Light on December 5, 2010 in Sunderland, England.

Danny Welbeck may decide to play his international football for Ghana rather than England. The Manchester United striker, who is currently on a very successful loan with Sunderland, was born in Manchester, England to Ghanaian parents. That means he can play for either England or Ghana, and his Ghanaian team mates at Sunderland, Asamoah Gyan and Johan Mensah are trying to persuade to join the 2010 World Cup quarter finalists. Gyan said:

“Myself and (John) Mensah have spoken to him about playing for Ghana. He has not made up his mind yet and says he needs more time to think through it.

“He is a very good player, young and talented so he will be helpful to Ghana, but we need to give him more time.”

The young striker has played for England under 17, under 18, under 19, and under 21 sides, and is now awaiting a first team call-up as Capello looks for the future generation of England stars. If Welbeck doesn’t find himself on that list, he may well turn his had and jon up with the Ghana side. They have, after all been monitoring his progress since late 2008 in the hope that he may one day play for them.

Welbeck has shown excellent ability in his time with Sunderland, playing up front in a prolific partnership with Gyan. The 20 year-old has scored six times the amount of Premier League goals that he did at Manchester United and has shown the kind of quality that has made Ferguson so reluctant to sell him. The loan period at Sunderland has only improved him as a player, increasing his sale value and raising interest from clubs in search of a permanent deal. Welbeck is currently out with a hamstring injury.

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