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Exclusive: Scotland eye move to cap Man Utd wonderkid Danny Welbeck

Mar 21 2009 By Chris Roberts

SCOTLAND have hatched a plan to snatch Manchester United kid Danny Welbeck from under the noses of England.

Record Sport understands SFA chiefs were tipped off by a source south of the border.

And last night they were attempting to contact Old Trafford officials in a bid to discover if the talented 18-year-old qualifies to play for them.

Welbeck grabbed the headlines when he scored on his Premiership debut against Stoke last November.

He followed up that flying start with goals against Southampton and Derby.

He was also given a starting place in the Red Devils' Carling Cup Final success over Spurs at Wembley this month.

The Manchester-born frontman has already sparked a tug of war between England and Ghana, who he also qualifies to play for.

But Hampden chiefs are now following up a suggestion that Welbeck also qualifies to play for George Burley's side through his family.

Scotland Under-21 boss Billy Stark said: "If Danny qualifies to play for Scotland then we'd be interested. It's very important to find out if he qualifies then discover what his feelings are. If we get any encouragement, we'd be looking to follow that up."

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is a proud Scot and would encourage a change of allegiance to join forces with club team-mate Darren Fletcher in Burley's squad.

Welbeck has represented England at youth level but he still has a choice despite making his Under-21 debut against Ecuador in a friendly last month.

England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce has already seen enough to identify him as a key member of the squad that will go for European Championship glory in Sweden this summer.

He said: "We are having a look at Danny Welbeck who has done well in the Under-19s and broken into the team at Old Trafford which is no mean feat."

Welbeck has been offered the chance of a World Cup call-up by Ghana but he has indicated a desire to carry on for the country of his birth.

He said: "To get a call to the England Under-21s was a great honour and I'm just looking forward to pushing on.

"I've just been playing and enjoying my football and whenever I get called up to any team I give it my best shot and do as well as I can."

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