With Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge out injured, Arsenal’s £16 million summer signing Danny Welbeck has been made the England number one striker this week.
The former Manchester United man started the Three Lions’ Euro 2016 qualifier against San Marino on Thursday as the team’s main striker.
Welbeck had struggled to score regularly during his time at United, but since his move to Arsenal on transfer deadline day, he has become more confident and has been among the goals.
The 23-year-old continued that trend on Thursday when he tucked one away against San Marino in the Group E clash at London’s Wembley Stadium to help England to a 5-0 victory.
Welbeck is expected to start against Estonia at the A. Le Coq Arena in Tallinn today, and there have been suggestions that he could establish himself as the main striker in Roy Hodgson’s team in the long run.
That would mean Liverpool star Sturridge playing second fiddle, but Welbeck insists that he is not looking to usurp the former Chelsea striker’s place in the team.
‘No, because I have been in squads with Daniel Sturridge before and we have played in different positions’, ESPN quotes him as saying. ‘There is me, Daniel, Wayne [Rooney] and Raheem [Sterling] as well and all the other forward players, so you can't just say this is the opportunity to make my mark.
‘Whoever is in the squad I am going to try my best in every single game and training. Playing as a centre-forward and getting into those goal-scoring opportunities it becomes much easier’.
At this moment in time, Sturridge is a better player than Welbeck, but in the coming months and seasons the latter could well cement his place in the England first team.
Working under manager Arsene Wenger at Arsenal is only going to make Welbeck better, and that could see him become a true star of this young and promising England team.