Danny Welbeck gave Roy Hodgson the perfect start to his side's European Championship qualifying campaign as England recorded a 2-0 victory over challenging opponents Switzerland. A well-taken brace rounded off a tireless international performance for Arsenal's summer signing, who, when deployed in his favoured central-forward role, failed to disappoint.
The 23-year-old caused considerable problems for the Swiss defence, but after squandering a glorious chance in the first half, it seemed he wouldn't get a better opportunity to challenge opposition goalkeeper Yann Sommer. He completed four take ons in total - more than any other player - while drawing a further three fouls in his attempts to pose a further threat.
He accumulated just 33 touches throughout 90 minutes, and at times his frustration was clear to see. He spent the majority of the match dropping into midfield, or straddling the flanks in search of possession. Nonetheless, when later opportunities fell, he finished with aplomb.
Converting two of his three attempts, Welbeck can be pleased with his efforts. He proved hugely effective on the counter-attack, from which both his goals materialised, with his pace and power proving the difference between a goalless draw and a well-deserved England win.
The £16 million-man opened the scoring in the 58th minute with a close-range finish following a swift move involving Wayne Rooney and Raheem Sterling. The ball bobbled nastily in front of him from the latter's cross, but he managed to keep it on target off his shin at the far post.
The Arsenal forward then bagged his second in the dying moments, after Sterling found substitute Rickie Lambert in space down the middle. The Liverpool forward then unselfishly put Welbeck through on goal with only Sommer to beat. He proved his composure, like the most prolific of strikers; a moment for the Emirates faithful to savour.