Welbeck credits Arsenal for England form

Danny Welbeck has said playing regularly for Arsenal has allowed him to produce more consistently for England after the former Manchester United forward netted in the Euro 2016 qualification win over Lithuania, ESPN has reported.

Welbeck left United for the Gunners late in the summer transfer window and scored his 14th international goal in Friday’s 4-0 win, Roy Hodgson’s side maintaining their unbeaten start to the Euro qualifiers, the game’s other goals coming from Wayne Rooney, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane.

The 24-year-old Welbeck has this season claimed eight goals in 29 games under Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, having scored 10 in 36 in his last season at Old Trafford, for a total of 29 goals in 142 games at the Manchester club.

“When you’re playing regularly, you feel a lot sharper on the pitch,” Welbeck said. “Once you play regularly, it just becomes second nature to do things on the pitch. I feel match-sharp and that’s important.”

Welbeck has not travelled to Italy with the rest of Hodgson’s squad having picked up a knee injury in Friday’s rout. He made his senior international bow in March 2011, in a draw with Ghana, and was taken by Hodgson to Euro 2012, scoring his first England goal in a pre-tournament friendly against Belgium.

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