England have been dealt a significant blow ahead of their European Championship qualifier with Switzerland this week, after striker Daniel Sturridge was ruled out of the game with a thigh injury suffered during training.
The Liverpool striker's absence means that there will be an opportunity for a lucky striker to get an opportunity in his place in the starting line-up.
And the man being tipped to replace him is the £16 million Arsenal newbie Danny Welbeck. He left Manchester United for a North London move earlier in the week. He looked bright when he entered the fray in the recent international friendly with Norway so is the obvious like-for-like replacement for Sturridge.
One person who believes he should be the man given the role is former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen. The striker, who saw Wayne Rooney overtake him in the England scoring charts at Wembley on Monday, believes Welbeck's inclusion would be the most positive thing Roy Hodgson should do ahead of the Swiss encounter:
So, Sturridge is out of Monday's match. What next? Welbeck straight in as his replacement I reckon.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) September 6, 2014
Rooney and Welbeck up front with Sterling in behind. Will Roy be that brave away from home?— michael owen (@themichaelowen) September 6, 2014
Welbeck's arrival however will probably not see Hodgson go two up top as Owen suggests. The likelihood is that Welbeck will go out wide left, with Raheem Sterling playing in an attacking midfield role, where he has looked far more threatening for both club and country.