Southgate Set To Make Shock Welbeck Replacement

Reiss Nelson is the most likely player to replace Danny Welbeck in Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

Welbeck reportedly suffered a broken ankle in the Gunners Europa League clash at the Emirates against Sporting Lisbon last night.

Therefore, the bookies have priced up a list of potential replacements for the injured Arsenal man, and at 3/1, it’s Nelson who leads the way in the betting.

The youngster initially missed out on an England call-up yesterday as Gareth Southgate announced his squad for the upcoming fixtures against the USA and Croatia.

The 18-year-old, who is on loan at German side Hoffenheim, has impressed so far this season netting five times in six Bundesliga appearances.

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Speaking about Nelson to the press yesterday, the Three Lions boss said: “We really like Reiss. He came and trained with us not last month, but in September.

“He is doing okay with Hoffenheim. We think that he and some other players in the Under-21’s have got big fixtures.

“He always impressed me in the match time he got at Arsenal – he always had a really good impact whenever he played. I always liked his personality on the field and he is one of a number of attacking players who will push for places in the coming years.

“But he is not the only one and it is important we keep pushing him. I don’t want him to be thinking that he has just got to roll up and he’s got the next one, because there is really good competition for places in that U21s group.”

Ryan Sessegnon is the next most likely man for a call-up at 7/2, ahead of Demarai Gray (5/1) and Phil Foden (11/2).

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Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “We’re crossing our fingers for a speedy Welbeck recovery but attention turns to who’ll replace him in Southgate’s squad, and at the moment all the signs point towards high-flying Nelson.”

Ladbrokes Latest Betting

To replace Danny Welbeck in England squad

Reiss Nelson 3/1

Ryan Sessegnon 7/2

Demarai Gray 5/1

Phil Foden 11/2

Tammy Abraham 8/1

Dominic Calvert-Lewin 8/1

Daniel Sturridge 10/1

Glenn Murray 10/1

Jay Rodriguez 10/1

Mason Mount 8/1

Dominic Solanke 12/1