Two goals from new Arsenal signing Danny Welbeck handed England a 2-0 victory in their opening European Championships’ Qualifier against Switzerland in Basel.
Arsenal’s £16 million addition opened the scoring in the 58th minute, as he tapped home Raheem Sterling’ cross from the left wing after a neatly worked move.
Welbeck then sealed England’s victory in injury time, calmly slotting home into the bottom right hand corner after being set up by a combination of Sterling and substitute Rickie Lambert.
The goals were Welbeck’s first international strikes in a year, and should fill the youngster with confidence as he looks forward to the prospect of making his Arsenal debut at the weekend against Manchester City.
Arsenal fans will also be encouraged by the composure and form shown by their new striker, and Welbeck’s performance should provide him with the confidence to kick on this season.
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Welbeck only came into the team due to a thigh injury sustained by Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge, but the 23-year-old seized the opportunity. Fellow Arsenal player Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain meanwhile was unfortunate to miss out on selection, as manager Roy Hodgson opted to field Fabian Delph in a reformed 4-3-3 formation.
Jack Wilshere did play for England, occupying a defensive midfield role, before being replaced by James Milner in the 73rd minute. His new teammate Welbeck grabbed the headlines though as he propelled England to an excellent victory to boost morale after the disappointment of the World Cup.