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England struggle when Danny Welbeck figures

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Of England's expected starting eleven for the World Cup qualifying game against minnows Moldova tonight there is one man whose win-ratio is well down on everybody else's- Danny Welbeck.

The 22-year-old has become a regular for club and country in recent years but the stats show that perhaps he shouldn't be such an automatic pick.

Looking at win-rates of the starting 11; England have won just 47% of the 17 games where Welbeck has appeared at any stage.

The Manchester United striker made his debut back in 2010 against Ghana and has recorded a respectable six goals.

Despite his goals for the Three Lion's, many fans criticise the inclusion of Welbeck due to his poor scoring rate at Old Trafford: last season he scored one league goal in 27 games and has never reached double figures in the league in any of his seven years as a professional. 

It now appears those critics have fuel to add to their fire.

The three most capped players of the English team, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole, have win rates of 64%, 60% and 59% respectively.

One cap striker Rickie Lambert has a win rate of 100% along with Tottenham defender Kyle Walker.

Here are the full stats of the possible XI, taken from today's The Sun print edition :

Joe Hart: 33 caps- WR (win rate): 61%
Kyle Walker: 6 caps- WR: 100%
Phil Jagielka: 19 caps- WR: 63%
Gary Cahill: 16 caps- WR: 63%
Ashley Cole: 103 caps- WR: 59%
Steven Gerrard: 103 caps- WR: 64%
Frank Lampard: 98 caps- WR: 60%
Jack Wilshere: 8 caps- WR: 63%
Theo Walcott: 34 caps- WR: 77%
Danny Welbeck: 17 caps- WR: 47%
Rickie Lambert: 1 cap- WR: 100%


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