England face Moldova in World Cup qualifying with the eyes of the nation upon them; they dare not lose.
Wayne Rooney is out injured and in-form Daniel Sturridge is too, meaning Danny Welbeck kept his place in attack with Rickie Lambert getting his first ever Three Lions start.
Welbeck himself has had a positive start to the season, scoring twice against Swansea, already doubling his Premier League output from 2012/13, and scored and excellent header against Scotland in a friendly for England.
But the striker often finds himself the brunt of criticism, with the latest to weigh in on his supposed 'inadequacies', being Gary Lineker.
The Match of the Day presented tweeted early in the first half:
An example there of exactly why Welbeck's goal scoring ratio is not great. Doesn't move well in the box. Needs to gamble on attacking space.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 6, 2013
Talk like that will be hard or useful for Welbeck to hear depending on his receptiveness, because of who it is from. Lineker is a former England striker himself and knows a thing or two about goalpoaching.
If his words are relayed as 'friendly advice' to the striker from a former World Cup top goalscorer of 1986, Welbeck may well choose to work on that part of his game.
But Lineker's certainly sounded as though he was being critical, even if he was imparting his own backed-up knowledge. Is he suggesting Danny Welbeck is not good enough to be a top class international striker?
The Manchester United man would have the last laugh. Later after Lineker posted his tweet, he did exactly what was asked of him, scoring a real poacher's goal to put England 3-0 up, helping to show the criticism was unwarranted to begin with.
Let us know what you think of Lineker's comments?
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