When you look back on Group H - the group England occupied - you may not associate Danny Welbeck with the star performers, but the Manchester United forward is somewhat of an unsung hero.

Roy Hodgson, the England manager, has placed an awful lot of trust in Welbeck. Playing him at such a tender age and providing him with regular international football, but he deserves it.

Hodgson's trust has been paid back with the effort that Welbeck has put in.

Welbeck is one of the most unselfish players in the side and will often look up for his teammates instead of going for glory himself.

His preferred position is playing as the striker. However, Hodgson positions Welbeck on his left wing in his new modern 4-2-3-1.

Welbeck's unselfish play means that playing as a left winger he can supply the likes of Rooney and Sturridge ahead of him.

The forward's work-rate is phenomenal. His efforts see him cover the whole length of the pitch and sees him get back and assist the defence.

Welbeck's movement is salient to his game and although he plays out wide hugging the line he enjoys coming inside and creating space providing teammates with another option or coming inside himself with the ball to try and feed his teammates.

Hodgson's faith in Welbeck has to be admired considering he is such a young player; he has given him continual chances and has given him heaps of confidence, too.

Assigning Welbeck with his own role has allowed him to play more freely and is only allowing him to develop as a player. Welbeck's new playing style is individual and unique. Although some may feel it is not perfect he adds different dimensions to England.

Hodgson's 4-2-3-1 is slightly different to others. It allows his right winger, whether it be Townsend or Walcott, to venture down the wing and exploit it as best they can. Whereas his left winger Welbeck, he assigns a different role where he allows him to cut inside and when doing so play closer to Wayne Rooney; allowing the two to link up multiple times.

Hodgson's new recipe is interesting and effective. Using experience in the holding midfield roles and opting for a pacier attack allows England's attackers to roam freely and press as high up the pitch as they can, meanwhile the team are still sturdy defensively.

Hodgson's new methods are exciting and could be the tactics that transform England.

Welbeck's work-rate is admirable and certainly pleases Hodgson. If Welbeck continues to push himself he may just be a hero next year in Brazil.


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