England concluded 2014 with six consecutive victories after a 3-1 win over Slovenia, who were seen as the major contenders for the top spot in the group. Danny Welbeck continued his impeccable form for England after scoring two more goals.
Thus, he managed to outshine Wayne Rooney, who opened the scoring against the Slovenians in the second half with a penalty. Since moving to Arsenal in the summer, Welbeck has been playing in his preferred central position. Even though he has not been prolific for the gunners, his form with England has been very good. The 24-year-old took his England tally to 13 goals in 32 international matches.
Roy Hodgson says that he has been rewarded for the faith that he showed in Welbeck. The former Liverpool boss has recalled that Welbeck was not a first choice player at Manchester United when he was first called up to the squad in 2012. He says that Welbeck is now a regular player at a top club like Arsenal and it shows the progress that he has made in the last two years. With Wayne Rooney about to touch the 30 year mark, England need to look upon a new striker to carry them forward. Welbeck may just be the answer since he has the experience, quality, and age to lead the team.
“Danny Welbeck, of the young England players, is one of the most experienced because we have always kept faith with him.Even in the first squad I selected in 2012, Danny was in it, despite the fact that at the time he wasn’t featuring for Manchester United.We’ve kept faith with him through that time until his move to Arsenal where he is now getting lots and lots of plaudits,” said Hodgson will also showering a lot of praise on Rooney.