It would have been too much for Danny Welbeck if he were left behind by the England national squad and left for Euro duty that begins against France in Donetsk on 11 June Monday. Till the Manchester Derby, he had no such fears till Nigel de Jong wrecked his ankle in a mean tackle. His pain was already compounded by Utd’s loss that day, but it would have been triple whammy if he were to sit back at home and nurse his ankle while his teammates try to make up for 2008′s shame where they did not qualify.
But that the 21-year-old’s selection to the 23-man squad shows the how important he is to England manager Roy Hodgson’s plans. And he was rewarded for his trust when Welbeck struck against Belgium at Wembley; he surged past the Belgian rearguard to meet a slide-rule pass from Ashley Young before demonstrating his predatory instincts with a cool chip over advancing goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. Though England’s chief striker Wayne Rooney has been banned for the first two games, he has full faith that Welbeck will fire in his absence.