Forget Kane and Vardy, Arsenal star should start for England at Euros says former Spurs man

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A former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has backed an Arsenal star to force his way into England's starting XI for the European Championships this summer.

Set against the backdrop of intermittent protests for Arsene Wenger to be replaced at the Emirates after another season in the title shade, Arsenal dug deep to secure a 1-0 win over struggling Norwich City.

In reality things could have got even frostier for Wenger with those disaffected fans had the Canaries taken one of a host of good chances in the first half.

The Gunners failed to register a shot on target in that opening 45 minutes with Olivier Giroud the focal point of the home attack.

But that all changed when Danny Wellbeck was introduced for the second half.

The former Manchester United man got the all-important goal to take another step towards Champions League qualification for next season.

Wellbeck faces stiff competition for a place in England's Euro 2016 side with the likes of Spurs' Harry Kane and Leicester City's Jamie Vardy tipped to lead the line.

But former Tottenham Hotspur star Danny Murphy told BBC's Match of the Day, Wellbeck should be straight into the England starting XI.

'Hungry for goals'

"I'm a big fan of Danny Wellbeck," Murphy told MOTD.

"I think since he's been back (from a long-term injury), he's looked fit, strong, quick, hungry for goals.

"As soon as he came on he started running behind, making things happen.

"I mean they'd been really flat first half Arsenal, credit Norwich they were really good, but they picked up when Danny came on.

"What he gives them is an intensity in his running and his work and (the goal) is his first chance.

"He's so powerful when he's running with the ball, very hard to defend (against).

"He's a certainty for me to go to the Euros, I think Roy is a big fan of him... in fact I would suggest that he probably won't just go (to France) he'll start."

Murphy's law

Whether you agree with Murphy or not, Wellbeck offers a bit of everything in his play.

He can play in a number of positions across the forward line on the right and left as well as through the middle.

Wellbeck is also not shy to get stuck in and works tirelessly for the team, closing down and pressing the opposition which he did so well for England in the recent friendly win over Germany and against Norwich.

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