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Welbeck's Euro hope

01 Aug 2009 12:40:09

Welbeck's Euro hope

MANCHESTER United youngster Danny Welbeck is set to spearhead the England Under-19s challenge for the European Championships in the final against Ukraine on Sunday. The Reds forward is hoping to shake off a shoulder knock as England go looking for their first continental Under-19 title having lost to France in the final four years ago. England have already played Ukraine in the group stages, where an entertaining game ended 2-2, but coach Brian Eastick knows the atmosphere will be even more intense for the tournament showpiece. With the likes of Welbeck, Arsenal midfielder Henri Lansbury and Aston Villa forward Nathan Delfouneso in his squad, though, the coach believes that could work to the visitors? advantage. ?It could help us,? Eastick said. ?Had we played Serbia in the final there wouldn?t have been as good an atmosphere. ?Quite a few of these players have played in front of big crowds so I don?t think that will worry them. It?ll probably help both teams. ?To come away to the Ukraine and have to play them twice on their own home soil is obviously a tough call and obviously a big advantage for them. I think they?ll probably start the favourites because of that. ?But these players have shown they?re very, very resilient and can bounce back from a goal.? United youngster Matthew James will definitely miss out having returned to his club for treatment while Eastick is also sweating on the fitness of Welbeck, who suffered a shoulder injury against France, and Matthew Briggs. Welbeck would be a big loss for England but they have certainly not struggled for goals during the tournament, racking up 13 in four games - including seven against Slovenia in the final group game. What are you expecting from Welbeck in the new season? Have your say.


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