Before this round of international matches kicked off, Danny Welbeck spoke about what it means to play for England.
Danny won’t be available for selection as he’s still recovering from the injury sustained in his committed performance at Stamford Bridge. However, playing for his country clearly means a lot to Welbeck, and his international record reflects that, given he scores so much more regularly in international competition (15 goals in 36), than in the Premier League (39 goals in 175).
The striker told Dugout.com: “Once you put on the England shirt…it’s a special moment for you. Obviously at such a young age all you really think about is playing football with your mates and stuff like that and then (with England) it’s a special and proud moment and something that you’ll never forget.
“So every time you pull on that shirt you know what that feeling is and you just want to do the best for yourself and everyone around you that’s close and for the whole country.”
One thing I think you always get with Welbeck is a sense that he knows who he’s representing when he pulls on a football shirt. I’ve rarely seen him put in a performance where it doesn’t look like he’s given his all to get a result.
Perhaps that’s coming back to haunt him to an extent, with the injuries he’s been picking up, and maybe he needs to be protected a bit more from running himself into the ground, but that’s up to Arsène Wenger and his staff to figure out.
All Danny can do is continue to do his best for the team and let the medical staff worry about injuries, and this season so far he’s done a good job on the pitch.
A goal in 20 minutes for England and three goals and an assist in six appearances for the Gunners is a good start.
Keep that up on return from injury and I’d expect Danny to have a nailed-on place on for the trip to Russia for the World Cup next summer.