5 Memorable Moments for Manchester United and England Man Danny Welbeck

Scott Rom@@R_o_MFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2014

5 Memorable Moments for Manchester United and England Man Danny Welbeck

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    Danny Welbeck has represented England 26 times and has scored eight goals since making his debut in 2011. Before then, he played for his country at U17, U18, U19 and U21 level.

    In a combined 35 games, he scored 11 goals.

    Still only 23 years old, Welbeck would hope that his best times are ahead of him, but what have been his most memorable moments playing for England so far?

2007 UEFA U17 European Championship

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    When representing England at under-17 level, Welbeck scored a goal in a deciding qualifying game against Serbia to help his team progress to the 2007 UEFA U17 European Championship.

    England finished top of their group after beating Iceland and Holland, while drawing against Belgium. Welbeck played in all three games.

    England then beat France 1-0 in the semi-finals with a goal from Victor Moses. Welbeck didn't feature in the game but was named on the bench.

    The final was played against Spain, with Welbeck given a starting role. England lost 1-0 after a goal from Bojan Krkić. 

Debut, 2011

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    As Welbeck's parents are from Ghana, it was reported that there was a possibility he wouldn't represent England at international level.

    Welbeck was first called up to the England team in March 2011.

    Coincidentally, the game was a friendly against Ghana.

    The Telegraph reported on the reasons why Welbeck chose to play for England over the country of his parents.

    I played for England at Under-16s, 17s, 18s, 19s, 21s and it was so natural for me to make that move into the senior squad and I was delighted when I did that.

    Welbeck replaced Ashley Young in the 81st minute of a 1–1 draw at Wembley Stadium. He was greeted with boos from the Ghana fans. 

First Goal, 2012

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    In June 2012, Welbeck scored his first goal for England in a 1–0 win against Belgium, chipping over goalkeeper Simon Mignolet after collecting a through ball from Ashley Young. 

    The Telegraph reported on the joy he felt after scoring his first goal for his country.

    To get that first goal for England is something I've been looking forward to since I was a little kid. I'm looking to build on that and get more goals under my belt and more caps as well. 

Euro 2012

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    Welbeck's first international tournament was Euro 2012. England won two and drew one of their group stage games. 

    Welbeck started in all three of these games and scored the winner against Sweden with a fantastic backheel on the turn.

    Theo Walcott sung Welbeck's praises after the game, as reported by Barney Ronay in The Guardian:

    He made it look so easy, it was a great finish. He reminds me of Dennis Bergkamp at times – at such a young age, he's only 21, he's getting more caps, and his goal today, the whole thing was fantastic. 

World Cup 2014

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    Welbeck started England's first two group stage games but was substituted in both of them.

    He was one of the few England players to perform well in the opening game against Italy, but he was subbed off after an hour for Ross Barkley.

    In England's second game against Uruguay, Welbeck was replaced by Adam Lallana after 70 minutes.

    While Welbeck probably won't look back on this World Cup with fond memories, given how poorly England have performed, getting to play for his country in Brazil will certainly be something he will remember forever.