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Gareth Southgate: 'Danny Welbeck is Harry Kane replacement'

Southgate: 'Welbeck is Kane replacement'
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England boss Gareth Southgate explains his reasons for selecting Danny Welbeck in his squad for the friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy.

England boss Gareth Southgate has said that Danny Welbeck's ability to "run in behind" has seen him earn a spot in the Three Lions squad for the upcoming friendlies with the Netherlands and Italy.

Welbeck has only managed five goals in 30 appearances during a disappointing season for Arsenal.

The 27-year-old has netted 15 times in 36 caps for England, however, and Southgate has revealed that Welbeck is a direct replacement for Harry Kane, who is on the sidelines with an ankle problem.

"It's obvious to everyone that we have a very small number of players available for selection, on top of that, many of the top players are out," Southgate told reporters.

"With not long until the World Cup I now have to look beyond players in form for their clubs. Danny comes in as a replacement for Harry as a player who can run in behind."

Welbeck has scored three times in his last four appearances for England.

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