Danny Welbeck picked in England squad to face Netherlands

Danny Welbeck
Welbeck played in Paul Scholes' testimonial against New York Cosmos on Friday

Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck has been named in England's 25-man squad for the friendly with the Netherlands next Wednesday.

Welbeck, 20, made his international debut against Ghana in March after impressing while on loan at Sunderland.

He is selected ahead of Aston Villa's Darren Bent, who revealed on social networking site Twitterexternal-link that he has a shoulder injury.

But Arsenal's Jack Wilshere is included despite an ankle injury.

Welbeck scored six goals in 26 league appearances for the Black Cats last season, and was part of the England Under-21 squad at this summer's European Championships.

He gets the nod as Fabio Capello's fourth striking option ahead of both Bent and Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe, who struggled for form last season.

Bent, 27 was the top-scoring Englishman in the Premier League last term with 17 goals for Sunderland and Aston Villa, and but was part of the England side that struggled to a 2-2 draw at home to Switzerland in June.

But although Bent played in Villa's 1-1 pre-season friendly draw against Sporting Braga on Saturday, he has been omitted following conversations with the England backroom staff.

Arsene Wenger, Wilshere's club manager at the Emirates, had warned that if the midfielder failed to play against Benfica on Saturday he would "certainly" not play against the Dutch.

After having a scan on his injured ankle, Wilshere did not feature in the pre-season friendly, but has been selected by Capello regardless.

Wenger told the Arsenal websiteexternal-link: "They [England] can include him as much as they want, he will not play."

Manchester United's Phil Jones did not make the squad despite reports he had been included on Friday.

Liverpool's Glen Johnson has been forced out by injury however, after he limped out of the Merseysiders' 2-0 friendly win over Valencia.

Tottenham's Kyle Walker and Manchester City's Micah Richards may deputise in his absence, while centre-back Phil Jagielka has been deployed in the position on the last two occasions Johnson has been missing.

Richards only won his first cap under Capello in November and claimed a fortnight ago that he may have to wait for the manager's departure in the wake of Euro 2012 to resume his international career.external-link

Following draws against Ghana and Switzerland at Wembley, England will be hoping to secure their first win since March against the Dutch.

Capello's side, who are level at the top of Group G with Montenegro, play European Championship qualifiers against Bulgaria and Wales on 2 September and 6 September respectively.

England squad to play Netherlands on 10 August:

Robert Green, Joe Hart, David Stockdale, Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand, Phil Jagielka, Joleon Lescott, Micah Richards, John Terry, Kyle Walker, Gareth Barry, Michael Carrick, Stewart Downing, Adam Johnson, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Scott Parker, Jack Wilshere, Ashley Young, Andy Carroll, Peter Crouch, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck

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