England boss Fabio Capello insists he picked Danny Welbeck on merit

Danny Welbeck jumps for the ball with Ghana's Derek Boateng.
Danny Welbeck jumps for the ball with Ghana's Derek Boateng.
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FABIO Capello has denied handing Danny Welbeck his England debut just to keep him out of Ghana's clutches.

Welbeck was only called into Capello's squad yesterday morning following the withdrawal of Aaron Lennon through injury.

Yet, along with Wolves' Matt Jarvis, Welbeck was still given his first taste of international action in the 1-1 draw with the World Cup quarter-finalists.

It will not prevent him playing for Ghana as last night’s encounter was a friendly.

However, it raised suspicions among the visiting supporters, who made loud boos when the Sunderland youngster – on loan from Manchester United – made his entrance at Wembley with just under 10 minutes to play.

"Absolutely not," said Capello, when asked whether he was merely blocking Ghana from picking Welbeck in the future.

"I work for England. I always select the best players for England.

"Yesterday, Aaron Lennon was injured. That is why I picked Welbeck."

Man United manager Sir Alex Ferguson predicted at the start of last season that Welbeck would end up at the World Cup.

And Capello – forgeting the striker’s value to Sunderland in what remains of this season - added: "Danny Welbeck is going to be a very important player for England and Manchester United," said Capello.

"I monitored him last year. He was an important player then. I went to see him three times but then he got injured.

"However, he is a really good player."