By Josh Powell | England v Moldova
Are Roy Hodgson’s team talks that inspiring?
Is it the prospect of linking up with James Milner and Theo Walcott?
Maybe the jerseys are just a bit comfier.
Whatever the reason, Danny Welbeck’s goal scoring record for England is far more impressive than for Manchester United and that is no bad thing heading into two key qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.
- In 73 appearances for Man United, Welbeck has managed just 13 goals.
- That’s an average of a goal every 305 minutes, meaning the striker scores just once every five hours for the Premier League champions.
Like the Sophie Ellis-Bextor single that’s knocking around the office from 2001, it’s a nasty record. United fans will wince at the sight of it. No matter how many runs out wide Welbeck makes or how well he holds up the ball, his scoring rate for the Red Devils isn’t up to scratch.
For England however it is a different story.
Since making his Three Lions debut in March 2011 against Ghana, Danny Welbeck has notched up six goals in 17 appearances – averaging one goal every 166 minutes he is on the pitch. That is the same record of goals per minute that Luis Suarez has for Uruguay, and isn’t far off Fernando Torres‘ international record for Spain.
But statistics – like a seedy man selling cheap pornos out of a Citroen Saxo in a pub car park – cannot always be trusted. For example Lionel Messi only averages a goal every 176 minutes for Argentina and Christiano Ronaldo bangs one in every 201 minutes for Portugal. Comparing Welbeck’s superior record to those guys is as ridiculous as claiming Joe Kinnear is a managerial great.
Welbeck’s record is let down by the fact that three of his strikes came in friendly matches and another two came against San Marino who, according to FIFA, are the worst team in the world. The FIFA rankings are usually as credible as referencing Joey Barton in a philosophy exam, but they’ve got Sam Marino nailed on here.
Luckily Moldova aren’t that useful either, which gives Danny Welbeck a decent chance to continue his impressive record on the International stage. He’s 3/1 to open the scoring and 8/15 to get his name on the scoresheet at anytime. It’s his ideal game.