Rooney sets benchmark for Welbeck

Published Add your comment

Football News

Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck is hoping to follow in the footsteps of strike-partner Wayne Rooney - for club and country.

The 20-year-old picked up his first cap for England against Ghana in March, and is being tipped to add to that appearance as a shock starter against Montenegro in a Euro 2012 qualifier on Friday night.

Welbeck will face competition from Andy Carroll and Darren Bent for the Three Lions starting spot, but is hoping the advantage of training and playing with Rooney on a regular basis will prove beneficial.

"He's been on fire, he has started the season scoring goals and creating goals. To be training with him every day is a bonus and I'm going to learn from him," said the Manchester United academy graduate during an England press conference.

"He's a great guy to go to for advice, he's always talking to you during training and it's been really beneficial.

"Because we've been training together for a couple of years now it would work (as a partnership for England)."

The youngster echoed the sentiments of manager Fabio Capello in insisting the team will be traveling to the Podgorica City Stadium looking for a victory, rather than the point needed to guarantee qualification to the tournament in Ukraine next year.


He also played down comments from Paul Scholes earlier in the week, with the former Manchester United midfielder claiming club loyalties have played a part in preventing the England national team from being successful.

"I don't think it would be right to go to Montenegro and play for a point, our aim is to win every game we go into and I don't see why we can't do that," he continued.

"I've not felt that yet, hopefully I don't. I'm good friends with (Liverpool striker) Andy (Carroll), and (Manchester City defender) Micah Richards. All the lads are great, it's a great set-up in the camp."

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Premier League
Danny Welbeck
Manchester United
Wayne Rooney

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again