VIDEO: Manchester United star humbled by Brazil experience

Danny Welbeck

England's Danny Welbeck was humbled by the experience of visiting Rio de Janeiro's largest favela ahead of the World Cup.

On the team's first full day in Brazil ahead of the World Cup, members of the England squad took the opportunity to visit a sports complex in Rio de Janeiro’s largest favela, Rocinha.

Danny Welbeck was one of those players present and was humbled by the experience, as the side gear up for their opening Group D match against Italy in Manaus on June 14.

The Manchester United striker was part of Roy Hodgson’s squad which travelled to Rio last summer for a friendly against Brazil, but he missed the match with a knee injury.

After taking part in a 'capoeira' dance, Welbeck said: ‘Obviously just coming here today to this centre and seeing how happy everyone is – doing all sorts of sports and enjoying life - it’s something that makes you really think about your own life and how lucky you are to play football.’

With 24 caps and eight international goals, Welbeck is set to play in his first World Cup, having previously started for Roy Hodgson’s side at Euro 2012.

The 23-year-old is coming off a season in which he scored nine goals in 25 Premier League games, as United finished in a disappointing seventh place under the since-departed David Moyes, missing out on European football in the process.

A favourite of Hodgson’s due to his work rate, unselfishness and well-rounded game, Welbeck is currently expected to start the match against Italy on the wing, despite calls from some sections that both Southampton’s Adam Lallana and Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling should be ahead of him in the pecking order.

A confident performance in the opener would certainly go a long way towards proving his doubters wrong, as well as providing the Red Devils fans with some much-needed optimism over what next season might hold for the former Sunderland loanee.

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