Hodgson champions Welbeck's Arsenal form: ‘I’ve always followed him closely’

Arsenal's Danny Welbeck is set to be given further chances to impress for England.

England boss Roy Hodgson has been praising Arsenal forward ahead of the country's games with San Marino and Estonia.

Welbeck has scored 4 goals in his 6 appearances for the Gunners since his move from Manchester United, and Hodgson confirmed that Welbeck would get his chance given that regular centre forward Daniel Sturridge is out injured. 

"I'm pleased for Danny. It's great now that he's made his move and he has taken that chance," said Hodgson.

"He's a player I have always followed very closely and with Daniel Sturridge injured he will get his chance."

The former Liverpool boss was particularly impressed with Welbeck's performance in Arsenal's 4-1 Champions League win over Galatasaray, especially with it coming so soon after he proved himself the match winner in England's game with Switzerland.

"It was a really outstanding performance and a very good team performance as well," Hodgson had earlier said.

"The way he took his goals was really good and it is obviously good for Danny's confidence after his two goals for England to get a hat-trick in a Champions League game.

"It is something that is important and something I am sure will be a high point in his career when he looks back on it, so we're happy he is in form and happy, hopefully, that he will be able to help us like he did in Switzerland."

Welbeck's international captain and former Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney echoed Hodgson's words, with the 28-year-old knowing the new Arsenal striker better than most after his long stint at Old Trafford.

"Daniel's a fantastic footballer, I think sometimes he doesn't get the credit he deserves for his footballing ability," said Rooney.

"Obviously he's quick and athletic and can score different type of goals, actually as a footballer he's very intelligent.

"You'll start to see that the more he plays for Arsenal week in week out, he'll prove what a good footballer he is, and for England."

With such terms of endearment it wouldn't be a surprise to see Welbeck repeat his hat trick heroics for the Three Lions over the next few days.

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