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Ex-Villa star Boateng: Man Utd striker Welbeck right to choose England

George Boateng believes Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck made the right decision choosing England over Ghana.

Welbeck, 20, was booed by the massive African support as he made his senior England debut in Tuesday's friendly at Wembley.

Boateng followed a similar path, opting for Holland despite being born in Ghana.

The former Coventry, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Hull midfielder believes Welbeck is right to stick to his guns.

Boateng, now at Greek club Skoda Xanthi, told the Mirror: "Danny has to take into consideration when he is making his decision that he has played in England all his life.

"I had nothing to do with Ghana when I was young, other than street football. It was when I went to Holland that I started to get a grounding in football professionally.

"I've never said that I regret the decision I made, because I don't. But looking back, because there were so many good players in the Dutch national team I had to sit on the bench and it was painful.

"I was hoping I would get a look-in but I didn't. Looking back I would have made a difference for Ghana. I would have gone to the World Cup and I would have played with great players such as Michael Essien and Asamoah Gyan.

"But I still think it's a perfectly understandable choice if Danny wants to play for England."

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