Arsenal's Danny Welbeck proved the hero in England's 2-0 European Championship qualifying victory over Switzerland. Scoring his first international goals for more than a year, the 23-year-old impressed with his clinical finishing in a morale-boosting win against the Three Lion's toughest group opponents.
He certainly gave the Emirates faithful reason to be excited. In his first full appearance since making the £16 million switch from Manchester to North London, few would have expected the former Red Devil to have had such an impact
"I think we created a number of chances which maybe we could have done better with the final pass," he told ITV in his post-match interview.
“Once we got the first goal I think we were in control and played a good team game today and you could see the work ethic - everyone is playing for each other and that's very important.”
Despite criticisms of Roy Hodgson's side, the players appear to be offering their full backing. Welbeck, however, is correct with his suggestions as, on multiple occasions, the Three Lions wasted opportunities to capitalise on decent scoring chances. They managed 12 attempts in total yesterday evening, only five of which were on target.
The Arsenal-man himself proved guilty at times. After breaking free out-wide on the half hour mark, England were three on one, but his pass to Raheem Sterling was poor and the Swiss defence rushed back to snuff out the danger. He also squandered a glaring shooting opportunity in the first period, from which he should have opened the scoring.
Nonetheless, the win will certainly act as a morale boost. The pessimism from the supporters prior to the match proved utterly overwhelming, and for the time being, Hodgson should experience a slight lapse in the pressure he previously faced. With England's most arduous fixture now in the past, expect it be onwards and upwards from here on out.