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Danny Welbeck England U21 call blocked by Ferguson

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has blocked Stuart Pearce's plans to draft Danny Welbeck into the England Under-21 squad.

U21s manager Pearce is down to one fit striker for Monday's trip to Norway.

Welbeck came off the bench for the senior side in Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier in Montenegro.

"[Sir Alex] had concerns about Danny travelling from Montenegro and then getting on a plane to Oslo," said Pearce.

Former Manchester City boss Pearce, who has lost forwards Nathan Delfouneso and Martyn Waghorn to injury, told Sky Sports: "I quite understood that [Ferguson's stance] but I had to make the call because I've only got one striker in the squad.

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