by Nia Griffiths
After scoring two goals against Slovenia the last time they met with England, Danny Welbeck has spoken ahead of Sunday’s match about how it feels to the be the top goalscorer.
On Sunday, England face Slovenia in a European Championship qualifying match and Welbeck is expected to make an appearance, despite only recently returning from injury.
Speaking to the Sport about the last time the two teams faced each other, the forward said, “I remember they made it tough for us that day. They didn’t come to Wembley to go all out for the win; they made it difficult by sitting behind the ball and trying to catch us on the counter-attack. They went ahead in the first game, and I think the way we reacted as a team straight from kick-off was brilliant [equalising with a Wayne Rooney penalty just a minute after conceding Jordan Henderson’s own goal]: the tempo of passing, and we obviously got a goal back quickly and went on and won the game.”
“I don’t know – I think going into games we’ve been confident going forward, and looking to exploit defences and get in behind teams. Fortunately I’ve put away my chances, and hopefully there’s many more to come,” he said.
England currently sit top of Group E having not dropped any points. The other teams in the group also face each other the same day with Estonia v San Morino kicking off at the same time, and Lithuania v Switzerland kicking off later in the evening.
On whether England have had it too easy, he said, “No, because we know how to set up and analyse teams. You do it every single week for your club team, and you come up against different sides with different positives and negatives to them. It’s just about getting yourself physically and mentally right.”
I like Welbeck’s attitude. He seems self assured and level headed, without being cocky or overly confident. He seems like a sensible lad to have around behind the scenes at Arsenal, as well as on the pitch.