Sturridge and Welbeck releases show sad fortunes of former England under-21 strike partnership

Danny Welbeck of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on May 11, 2019 in St Albans, England.

Arsenal and Liverpool strikers are both being released.

Daniel Sturridge takes part in the Liverpool Training Session at Melwood on August 22, 2017 in Liverpool, England. The second leg of the UEFA Champions League qualifier between Liverpool...

England's under-21s are preparing for this summer's European Championships.

It is eight years since a Stuart Pearce led team reached the final, before defeat to Spain.

Spain's 2011 side boasted big names like Juan Mata, Javi Martinez and David de Gea. England were led up front by Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck.

Welbeck was at Manchester United at the time, while Sturridge was at Chelsea.


Both players have gone onto represent England at senior international level, with Welbeck scoring at Euro 2012, and Sturridge at Euro 2016.

Today the two players find themselves looking for new clubs.

United sold Welbeck to Arsenal in 2014. Despite promise, he has struggled to score regularly, and his last season was written off due to injury.

Danny Welbeck of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on May 11, 2019 in St Albans, England.

Sturridge has just become a Champions League winner with Liverpool, but he played little part.

He is set to be released too, with injuries blighting his career.

Welbeck is now 28 and Sturridge 29. They each find themselves at a crossroads, with their next move having the chance to define their careers.

Will they be remembered as promising strikers who injuries denied them reaching their potential?

Or can they redefine themselves as reliable Premier League goalscorers who shook off injury problems to show they belong at the top level?

It's all gone a bit wrong for Welbeck and Sturridge in recent seasons. There's still time to get back on track.

Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Huddersfield Town at Anfield on April 26, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

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