Wednesday 13 June 2012

Welbeck expects improved England performance

England striker Danny Welbeck says there is more to come from them at Euro 2012

Danny Welbeck led the line against France in the absence of team-mate Wayne Rooney

England striker Danny Welbeck expects a much improved performance when they face Sweden in Kiev on Friday.

Welbeck played up front in England's opening match of Euro 2012 against France but struggled for goalscoring opportunities in the 1-1 draw.

But the 21-year-old Manchester United forward feels they have provided a solid base for them to go on and achieve success at the tournament.

"I think in the France game, as a start for us, we set out our platform," he said.

"He's itching to get out on the pitch"
- Welbeck on Rooney

"We really want to build on that from now on, I think we can improve a lot more.

"I was quite isolated at times, but at that level of football you're not going to get the possession you are used to and you've got to take it in your stride."

Welbeck is expected to continue leading England's forward line, with his Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney again missing through suspension.

Rooney will be available for their final Group D match against co-hosts Ukraine on June 19th.

And Welbeck says his fellow forward cannot wait to play his part at the tournament.

"We all know the passion he has for football," he added. "He's itching to get out on the pitch. It will be better for us when his suspension is done and he can come in and play."

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Key Points

  • Danny Welbeck led the forward line against France but struggled for chances
  • Expects an improved display from England against Sweden on Friday
  • Striker also says suspended team-mate Wayne Rooney is itching to play