Danny Welbeck’s English exile is over with the Brighton striker reportedly one of 55 names included in Gareth Southgate’s provisional World Cup party.
According to The Athletic, the Brighton and Hove Albion striker has been named in the long list that Gareth Southgate was due to submit to FIFA.
Welbeck was capped 42 times by his country and scored 16 goals, but hasn’t featured for the Three Lions since a 1-0 friendly win over Switzerland on September 11, 2018 at the King Power Stadium.
Brighton’s Danny Welbeck reportedly named in England’s 55-man list for the World Cup
The 31-year-old has represented his country 42 times in the past, scoring 16 goals
Welbeck hasn’t played under Southgate since September 11, 2018 – a 1-0 win over Switzerland
Brighton are having a fine season in the Premier League but Welbeck, 31, is yet to score this season in 11 appearances for the Seagulls.
Eberechi Eze, James Maddison and Callum Wilson are also among the underdogs still in the running to be selected in England’s World Cup squad.
Gareth Southgate selects his 26-man squad for Qatar next Thursday but there shouldn’t be too many surprises, although injuries to Kyle Walker and Reece James have raised questions over the composition of England’s defensive options.
The England manager’s final squad will be narrowed down from an original list of 55 names, which was submitted to FIFA last month.
Newcastle striker Callum Wilson still has a shot at making England’s World Cup squad
Gareth Southgate is set to confirm his 26-man squad will travel to the tournament in Qatar
And sports mail includes Eagles striker Eze, Leicester striker Maddison and Newcastle striker Wilson are among the names chosen from Southgate’s initial long list of players – with Brighton’s Lewis Dunk also under consideration.
Given the huge competition for places in Southgate’s squad, it would be surprising if any of the three made the final cut next week.
But the trio remain with a chance to make the squad that is due to fly to Qatar on November 15 – six days before the tournament opener against Iran.
Of the aforementioned three, Wilson has perhaps the best opportunity to team up with Southgate as a real firepower.
Leicester’s James Maddison still retains a chance of making the final 26-man selection
Crystal Palace striker Eberechi Eze is another name still in the running for the World Cup
Marcus Rashford’s form at Manchester United could see Wilson’s chances restricted, however.
Southgate is a big fan of Rashford and will be hoping the striker gets back to form in time for the World Cup. The United striker, under Erik ten Hag, is nearing his best form and is now awaiting a recall for Qatar.
Joe Gomez and Ben White are among defenders hoping to capitalize on the potential absences of Walker and James, while Brighton striker Danny Welbeck could also be a shock candidate to make the final squad, as reports. Athletic.
Marcus Rashford has returned to form at the perfect time as Southgate selects his squad