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Danny Welbeck deserves start against Poland

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England are calling for their men to be counted tonight in one of the most important nights at the new Wembley so far. 

In Friday's crucial win over Montenegro, Andros Townsend was an outstanding example of how this new intake of fresh English talent should play their football; brave and fearless combined with rawness and excitement.

For some, it's an opportunity to silence critics and prove why they have as much of a right as anyone to board that plane for Brazil next year.

One man who fits into this category is Danny Welbeck.    

The young Manchester United forward at times has come under some harsh criticism. His form under new boss David Moyes has been patchy but has shown glimpses already this season of why the 22-year-old can be a future star for both club and country.

His performance at Swansea on the opening day was one of the best that he has produced in United colours.

You cannot question the commitment and desire that this young man gives when he puts on an England shirt. His attitude is world class and his work rate is exceptional.

However, the supporters doubts are reasonable. Why start a centre forward, who has a record of just two goals last season for United in 39 appearances?

His form under Roy Hodgson is very different. Welbeck has operated on the left side of midfield and has been very effective, stringing together a number of consistent performances. He has added eight goals in the process in 18 games, including the winning goal against Sweden in Euro 2012.

When it comes down to the big games, Welbeck has held his own, scoring at the Bernabeu in the Champions League, the first Englishman to since Alan Smith in 2001. The United striker was also involved in England's victories over Brazil and Spain. 

With Arsenal duo Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both out of action, who do England turn to when it comes to vacating the left of midfield? Welbeck matches Hodgson's philosophy when it comes to forward players who are hard-working, intelligent and contain pace.

Despite his lack of instinct for goal, you cannot argue with Welbeck's ability to link up play, creating chances for his strike partners. Last season's Premier League winner knows Wayne Rooney's and Robin Van Persie's games inside out, why not give him the chance to develop a similar partnership with Daniel Sturridge?

Both Welbeck and Sturridge excelled against Montenegro and we all know with the right service, the Liverpool forward can make a great impression at international level.

Whether Welbeck starts against Poland or not, we must maintain faith in our young lions.   


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