Roy Hodgson is thrilled with Danny Welbeck’s improvement over the course of the past few years and is happy that his faith in the forward has been repaid after some initial criticism.
And since his move away from Louis van Gaal’s team his performances have been notable, with five goals for England to his name and a vital role in Arsenal’s first-team reward for his efforts.
Hodgson has often put his faith in the versatile attacker, and initially his eagerness to pick the 24-year-old was met with criticism from some Three Lions fans and pundits.
However, the former Fulham, Liverpool and West Brom chief believes that his decision to stand by Welbeck has been more than vindicated:
“Danny Welbeck, of the young England players, is one of the most experienced because we have always kept faith with him.” He told the FA’s official website.
“Even in the first squad I selected in 2012, Danny was in it, despite the fact that at the time he wasn’t featuring for Manchester United.
“We’ve kept faith with him through that time until his move to Arsenal where he is now getting lots and lots of plaudits.
“Even during those two years when we wasn’t playing every week, he still did a good job when he came with the national team.”