Arsenal and England striker Danny Welbeck is fit and ready to produce for England in the World Cup next month, claiming that he is mentally stronger following some devastating injury setbacks, one of which ruled him out the European Championships in 2016.
Welbeck has recently come back from a prolonged spell on the sidelines and is eager to show that he is capable of firing England to success in Russia.
“Missing out on the last tournament with injury was frustrating for me,” Welbeck said.
“If you get a big injury, it is not easy at all to deal with it. It’s a lonely period when you’re not out on the pitch helping your teammates and doing what you love doing.
“You can develop mentally when you’re away from the pitch. You can take all that frustration, pain and hurt from not playing and try and use that as a way of helping you and reminding you of what you are missing out on.”
Despite his injuries, Welbeck has a good goal-scoring record for England. He is the highest scorer in the squad with 15 goals from 37 games for his country, having scored three more than captain Harry Kane.
“I haven’t pointed that out to the manager, he knows all the ins and outs but that is something I want to build on,” said Welbeck ahead this week-end’s World Cup warm-up at Wembley. “I have had a lot of success on the international stage and I want that to continue.”
England face Nigeria on Saturday and Welbeck, who is looking to make an impact, clearly believes that he can form a partnership with Harry Kane up front.
Obviously, this is good news for England. Welbeck on his day is a quality player and if he does manage to click up front with Kane, the pair could be a lethal combination that most teams will struggle to contain. He is powerful and fast and does score when given the right opportunities.
A combination of an Arsenal and a Tottenham striker driving England forward in the World Cup would be a sight to behold, that is for sure.
England kick off their World Cup campaign on June 18th against Tunisia in Volgograd, followed by games against Panama on the 24th and Belgium on the 28th.