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England coach hails Welbeck

09 September 2014, 13:18

Basel - England manager Roy Hodgson said Danny Welbeck had proved his worth at centre-forward after scoring twice in a 2-0 victory over Switzerland in his side's opening Euro 2016 qualifier.

An injury to Daniel Sturridge opened the door for the new Arsenal striker and he strode through it in Monday's game in Basel to put England in control of Group E.

The former Manchester United forward, 23, has often been obliged to play in wide roles for both club and country, but Hodgson felt that his display proved he can cut it at the sharp end of the attack.

"I speak to him often and when I've asked him what do you think is your best position, he's answered, 'I think it's probably centre-forward,'" Hodgson told a post-match press conference at St Jakob-Park.

"But he's understood fully that that position wasn't available to him in the past because I've had other people who'd have gotten into the team before him, so he's understood the need to do a job elsewhere.

"He's never complained, but I've never been in any doubt that if I'd let him choose a position, he'd have chosen centre-forward."

Also read: Welbeck gives England winning start

Welbeck played alongside his former United colleague Wayne Rooney in front of a midfield diamond formed of Jack Wilshere, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Aston Villa's Fabian Delph, who was making his full debut.

It allowed all of England's attacking players to play in their preferred positions and Hodgson was thrilled by the results.

"We thought this could be a good system for our players. The six players I've got in front of the back four, there's enormous potential," he said.

"The inclusion of Delph could be regarded as a bold move, but he's very, very aware of that position from his club team.

"I was very pleased with his performance. To come here and do as well as he did deserves a lot of credit."

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