Alan Shearer has spoken the truth about Danny Welbeck making England’s World Cup squad

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Gareth Southgate is famous for his nice guy reputation but a ruthless streak is absolutely vital for any top-level coach.

However, the 47-year-old has proved during his tenure as England manager - particularly this week - that he’s more than happy to make tough decisions, including decisions that upset people.

Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere are two experienced, high-profile personalities, but both have been left out of Southgate’s England squad for this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia.

Instead, Southgate has taken the uncapped Nick Pope in place of Hart, and 22-year-old Ruben Loftus-Cheek instead of Wilshere.

Two huge calls which required guts from Southgate, who is the first England manager for a long time to select players based on form rather than reputation.

While England’s 23-man England squad was always going to spark plenty of debate, most fans are backing Southgate’s calls.

Well, with the exception of one player.

Alan Shearer nails it about Welbeck's call-up

Many England fans took to social media on Wednesday to express their disbelief after hearing that Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck had made the final squad.

The 27-year-old has scored 10 goals in 40 games for the Gunners this season and has a nasty habit of missing big chances in big games.

However, former England striker Alan Shearer is backing Southgate’s decision to select Welbeck, pointing out that his goalscoring record for England is actually pretty decent.

“Welbeck has a better scoring record internationally than in club football,” Shearer told The Sun.


'He's the best back-up option we have'

“You wouldn’t say he was bang in form and he hasn’t pulled up any trees with Arsenal this season, but he is the best option we have as back-up to [Jamie] Vardy and [Harry] Kane.

“Overall, Gareth has picked pretty much the strongest squad available to him. He has got to make the best of what he has got.”


Indeed, it’s worth pointing out that Welbeck has scored more goals for England than both Kane and Vardy.

Vardy has netted seven in 21 for England, Kane has 12 in 23, while Welbeck has found the back of the net 15 times in 37 games for his country.

If England need a goal and both Kane and Vardy are struggling then Welbeck certainly wouldn’t be a bad option from the bench.

Fans might remember that it was Welbeck who scored the winning goal for the Three Lions in a dramatic 3-2 win over Sweden at Euro 2012.

That’s his only goal in a major tournament to date, but he’ll be desperate to keep up his fine international goalscoring record if given the opportunity in Russia next month.

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