Sir Alex tips Welbeck for South Africa

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed talented youngster Danny Welbeck, tipping the forward to make Fabio Capello's England squad for next summer's World Cup. The 18-year-old has burst onto the Old Trafford scene this season, coming off the bench and scoring a stunning goal on his Premier League debut against Stoke in November. And the highly-rated front-man has made a further nine appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils in 2008/09, adding to his goal-tally in FA Cup ties at Southampton and Derby. Welbeck is set to start up-front alongside Italian prodigy Federico Macheda in Sunday's final league encounter at Hull City, with the league champions expected to rest key players ahead of the Champions League final in Rome. And Ferguson says he expects Welbeck - who has already gained England honours at U16, 17, 18, 19 and 21 level - to make his mark on the senior side in time for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. “Danny’s a certainty to make it to the highest level," he said in The Times. “I’ve already told Fabio Capello the boy will be in his World Cup squad next year. “Wide left or right or through the middle, he has the intelligence, guts, athleticism and talent to do the job. “He’s going to be a big lad. His height is about 6ft 1in now but the prediction is he’ll be 6ft 3in. He’s yet to get the conformation in his thighs, so he is still gangly, but he’s brave enough to carry that.

“When he completes his growing, he’ll really be something. Danny’s a terrific, down-to-earth boy and I’d like to have given him more chances by now but at this stage of the season all our results are vital.”

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