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Welbeck gets England call-up

29 March 2011 05:05

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.

With Spurs winger Aaron Lennon pulling out of the squad on Monday, the door has been opened for Welbeck, who could make his international debut from the bench at Wembley.

Capello could make as many as 11 changes to the side that defeated Wales 2-0 in a Euro 2012 qualifier on Saturday, with Andy Carroll expected to lead the strike force against the Black Stars.

Welbeck has represented the England Under-21 side on 10 occasions.

"I enjoy being part of the England Under-21s and I don't like missing games," Welbeck told the Newcastle Chronicle recently.

"It is fantastic to get picked for your country at any level and pulling on the Three Lions shirt means a lot to me. I'm at the stage of my career where I'm trying to make a name for myself."

"Coming to Sunderland this season is part of that and playing for the England Under-21s is another part of that - my performances for the Under-21s actually helped me get noticed in the first place."


Appiah blasts ´disrespectful´ England

29 March 2011 00:28

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

stadium again."

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.


Capello warns Carroll over drinking

28 March 2011 23:21

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.

"He needs to be careful at every moment because when you play with the England national team you are the focus of the fans, the newspapers, the photographers, the people that live around him," Capello said ahead of his side's friendly with Ghana on Tuesday.

The England boss said he told Carroll he could continue to drink in social situations, but to significantly decrease his intake or risk his national team spot.

"Not only Andy likes to drink beer. He needs to improve, to drink less. I spoke with him, in private. He's young - his behaviour is important," Capello said.

Carroll, 22, was involved in several incidents at former club Newcastle and was arrested on two occasions, in September 2008 and December 2009. The latter stemmed from an assault charge, with Carroll granted bail under the conditions that he live with then-captain Kevin Nolan until his case was heard.

Carroll made his international debut in November against France, and is in line to start for Capello's side when they face Ghana at Wembley.


Gyan laments England absences

28 March 2011 11:59

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.

Some 21,000 Ghanaian fans will fill the away section at Wembley for the match and Gyan expressed his sympathy for those who have spent big money to see England's stars.

"We were expecting the changes," Gyan told reporters on Monday.

"I might be disappointed but it is one of those things. Maybe the fans are disappointed because we have never played against England. Maybe some of the fans are there to see the big names and they are not playing."

"They have paid a lot of money. They came to see Rooney and the big players."

But Gyan says he and his team-mates will not be taking England lightly, despite the absence of some of their big names.

"England are still a strong side. Everyone knows England. We will have to be very careful," he said.

"They have never lost to an African team and we have to stay focused and see what happens. Those players who are coming to face Ghana are also good players. It is an English national team. Maybe they might be better than those players that are out!"

Gyan also reserved special praise for Jack Wilshere and England boss Capello ahead of the fixture.

His club team-mate, John Mensah, who doubles as the Ghana captain, said although England will not be at full strength, he still expects them to play well.

"It would be nice to see the big names but I don't think those that are playing are not good," Mensah said.

"I know that if they have the national jersey, they are good players. We all know Rooney and some of the others who are big names and we respect all of them. But anyone who wears the jersey is a capable player."


Capello releases Terry from Ghana game

27 March 2011 20:13

England will need a new captain for Wednesday's friendly against Ghana after John Terry and five other players were released from the squad.

Chelsea's Terry was controversially reappointed as skipper by coach Fabio Capello ahead of England's Euro 2012 2-0 qualifying win over Wales on Saturday.

But the centre-back will not play against Ghana at Wembley.

Terry's club colleagues Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard have also been released, along with Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney and Tottenham Hotspur defender Michael Dawson.

All six players are expected to be involved in Champions League quarter-final action for their respective clubs on April 5 and 6.

Dawson's Spurs teammates Aaron Lennon, Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe did not feature in England's 2-0 win at the Millennium Stadium and have been retained for the Ghana match.

Gareth Barry is the most senior player left in the squad, but the Manchester City midfielder did not feature against Wales.