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Reds striker Danny Welbeck is making the step up to England's Under-21s squad for the forthcoming friendly with Ecuador in Malaga next Tuesday.

The 18-year-old has burst onto the first-team scene at Old Trafford this season after previously impressing in United's Reserves and Academy sides.

Since making his senior Reds bow against Middlesbrough in the Carling Cup back in September, the Longsight-born forward has gone on to make five starts and two substitute appearances.

He's scored twice in that time - a spectacular strike against Stoke City on his Premier League debut in November, and another well-taken goal against Southampton in the FA Cup.

He's previously done well for England at schoolboy, U16 and U19 levels, and now England U21s boss Stuart Pearce wants to take a closer look at what Welbeck can do.

"We're having a look at Danny, who has done well in the U19s and broken into the team at Old Trafford, which is no mean feat."

In the 22-man squad, Pearce's entire forward line is of Old Trafford origin. Welbeck is joined by Fraizer Campbell, who's on loan at Tottenham Hotspur, and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, now with Wolverhampton Wanderers. Another Red, Tom Heaton, on loan at Cardiff City, is likely to be first-choice goalkeeper.

The squad are now in preparation for this summer's UEFA European U21 Championships in Sweden, and Danny will hope to play a prominent part when England take on Finland, Spain and Germany in the group stage of the competition.
What do you think? Is Welbeck ready for England or even for England's first team?
Or he should play more matches before he joins England?
 
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I think they're just trying to keep him sweet in case he chooses to play for Ghana instead.
 

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he's a great player...soon he;'ll be ready for the big team. oh..and off topic....zuco....your avtar scares me:D
 

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The more games he plays for anyone the better. It's all about playing against the best. Really happy for him hope it doesn't go to his head tho lol
 

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not ready

It doesn't mean that if he was called to play for England that he will play in the first team right away, but sure this is a step forward for the lad. I'm happy for him
 

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I haven't said im not happy,all im saying is he isnt ready and shouldnt be rushed.He's had a couple of decent shows but i think a full season on loan in the championship to get him established would do him the world of good and then consider international status.
 

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step by step,match by match and he is getting better and better and now I can say that one day he'll be great player and very important for English squad......and now we can talk is about he ready or not...does he wanned to play for Ghana.....I say-just give him a space and he'll be the right
 

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Fantastic news, he fit seamlessly into the United team, with great confidence too. International football should be great for his development.

Will be very interesting to see how he does
 

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I think it's a bit quick tbh, but it shouldn't do him much harm imo.

It'll be a great experience for him.
 

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What the hell. Of course he is ready. Him and Sturridge need to be paired up front for England imo.

Also, to anyone here doubting him. Show me evidence that he isnt good enough to play for England U21. If hes taking over from Matt Derbyshire and Leroy Lita I can only see improvement.
 

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hes not yet enough to play for england
hes great but still too young and as zuco said they just want to make sure he don't change mind and play for ghana
 

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Happy for him, this will help his confidence, he deserves it after all. He`s quality and a great prospect for the future.
 
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