Danny Welbeck's good form for Sunderland has seen him rewarded with a call-up to the England squad for Tuesday's friendly against Ghana.The 20-year-old Manchester United striker, who moved to Sunderland on loan last August for the duration of the 2010-11 season, has scored six goals during his stint under Steve Bruce, form that has attracted the attention of England boss Fabio Capello.
Former Ghana captain Stephen Appiah has blasted England's decision to rest star players for their friendly on Tuesday.
Appiah, 30, is not a part of the Black Stars squad for the Wembley fixture, but he said his nation's football fans - 21,000 of which will be in London for their first clash against England - will be disappointed at Fabio Capello's decision to rest John Terry, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard,
Wayne Rooney and Michael Dawson.
Manchester United's on-loan Sunderland striker Danny Welbeck was called up in place of injured Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon, who was only selected along with Liverpool's Andy Carroll and Wolves' Matt Jarvis as replacements for
Terry and company.
"A lot of Ghanaians have travelled from America, Canada, from around the world. It's a dream come true. It's huge, it's big and
Ghanaians are going to follow the match," Cesena midfielder Appiah told the BBC.
"Ghanaians are disappointed. They really wanted to
see those players. The players wish they could play against JT (John Terry)."
"It's their dream to play against Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and all these players. Maybe some of them will not play in that
When asked if Capello's move to rest several would-be England starters - for reasons regarding their respective commitments in the Champions League - was disrespectful to Ghana's football team and supporters, Appiah
"I think so, yes (it is disrespectful). Some Ghanaians are really sad they are not going to play. Maybe Mr Capello has his
own reasons, we have to respect those," Appiah said.
England manager Fabio Capello has warned Liverpool striker Andy Carroll to watch his drinking.The Italian boss said he was wary of any potential mishaps Carroll, an England squad member, might have while socialising, and the impact that would have on the former Newcastle striker's perception in the public as a national representative.
Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan has expressed his disappointment that England will field a second-string squad in their friendly match on Tuesday.Gyan, who plies his trade with Sunderland in the English Premier League, said although he expects Fabio Capello's men to put on a good show, he feels let down his side will not come up against the likes of Wayne Rooney, John Terry and Frank Lampard.
England will need a new captain for Wednesday's friendly against Ghana after John Terry and five other players were released from the squad.