Manchester United youngsters Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley scored off the bench to see off Celtic 3-1 in their marquee pre-season friendly in Toronto.
Dimitar Berbatov opened the scoring for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side at the Rogers Centre, only for Georgios Samaras to equalise for Celtic after a foul by United new boy Chris Smalling.
Welbeck was originally intended to be a squad member for England’s European Under-19 Championship campaign in July 2008, but was forced to withdraw. He eventually made his debut for the Under-19s on 9 September 2008, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 win over the Netherlands.
Welbeck made his England under-21 debut on 10 February 2009, in the 3–2 loss to Ecuador, coming on for Adam Johnson. He followed this up with another substitute appearance in a 2–0 home defeat to France on 31 March 2009.He was then named in Stuart Pearce’s original 23-man squad for the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship in Sweden on 27 May 2009, but he had to pull out of the squad on 31 May, due to an injury.
On 18 November 2008, it was reported that the Ghana Football Association was keeping tabs on Welbeck, with a view to him representing the Ghana national team in the future.