Injury has been a terrible thing for Danny Welbeck, who has sat on the sidelines for the past eight months watching his place for club and country become in jeopardy.
He’s become an almost forgotten man for England as they carried on without him to cruise to qualification. Harry Kane has excelled as first choice striker, and Jamie Vardy and Theo Walcott are breathing down his neck for a starting berth.
Welbeck will struggle now to get back in the team for either club or country before Euro 2016 – but make no mistake – he will come back and challenge Kane to lead the line for England once again.
He is criminally underrated, and despite at first questioning his signing myself from Man United, when you look at what he brings to the team in terms of work-rate, physicality and skill, he was a bargain.
If you back to March this year, just before he got injured, he was England’s best player by a mile in qualifying – not only with his superb record of 6 goals in 4 games, but with his overall dominant and infectiously direct style of play that was almost impossible to stop. The England fans almost couldn’t believe it was the same Danny Welbeck who was struggling to make an impact at the Emirates.
He is a player Roy Hodgson put a lot of faith in and an injury won’t change that – when fit, and if he can get back in the Arsenal side, he will walk back into his squad. He’s shown his best form at international level and Gooners just have to hope he can replicate his superb performances for England for the Arsenal.