England squad numbers: Manchester United man to play out of position?

Danny Welbeck

What can we read into the England squad numbers, including the number '11' shirt Danny Welbeck will be wearing?

England have announced their squad numbers for the upcoming World Cup. The 23-man squad has excited many people for the inclusion of youthful players such as Ross Barkley, Raheem Sterling and Luke Shaw and now those players know just what numbers will be on the back of their Three Lions shirts this summer.

1. Joe Hart

2. Glen Johnson

3. Leighton Baines

4. Steven Gerrard

5. Gary Cahill

6. Phil Jagielka

7. Jack Wilshere

8. Frank Lampard

9. Daniel Sturridge

10. Wayne Rooney

11. Daniel Welbeck

12. Chris Smalling

13. Ben Foster

14. Jordan Henderson

15. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

16. Phil Jones

17. James Milner

18. Rickie Lambert

19. Raheem Sterling

20. Adam Lallana

21. Ross Barkley

22. Fraser Forster

23. Luke Shaw

Some of the numbers don't come as a surprise. Joe Hart will wear number '1'; Rooney number '10' and Steven Gerrard number '4'.

Others are interesting. Jack Wilshere's number '7' suggests he is still considered a starter for England while the number '8' Frank Lampard will wear harks to his vice-captain status.

But the number that did stand out in my eyes was the one given to Manchester United's Danny Welbeck.

The forward will wear the number '11' shirt in Brazil.

In Roy Hodgson's time in charge of the England team he has been a big fan of Welbeck from the off, but usually playing the lightning quick United man out wide rather than through his favoured position, down the middle.

Could his squad number signify the fact Hodgson again plans on using him on the left-hand side?

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