Updated: 17/06/2012 15:25 | By pa.press.net

Hodgson dampens expectation on Welbeck



Danny Welbeck has had a fine season for club and country

Danny Welbeck has had a fine season for club and country

England boss Roy Hodgson has cautioned against expecting too much of rising star Danny Welbeck.

The 21-year-old was the Three Lions' match-winner in Kiev on Friday, turning home Theo Walcott's cross 12 minutes from time with the deftest of airborne back heels.

Hodgson said: "I would do well to encourage you not to put too much pressure on the lad. He had a wonderful season with Manchester United and Sir Alex has high hopes for him. Before we start building him up to the skies to knock him down, we should remember he has a lot of time ahead of him."

He added: "I am happy with the progress he is making. The fact is the has broken into a team like Manchester United, then got games in the national team when he could still play for the Under-21s."

It is anticipated Welbeck will retain his place for Tuesday's qualification decider with co-hosts Ukraine despite the return of Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney from suspension.

The pair struck up an impressive partnership this season, scoring an incredible 30 goals between them on the 18 occasions they started together.

That statistic alone may shape Hodgson's thinking, particularly as Ukraine are not expected to be quite as troubled defending high balls as Sweden so obviously were, a crucial factor in Andy Carroll's selection.

Yet it is also apparent Hodgson does not want to pin too much on Welbeck just yet.

And when the pressure is not quite as intense, it would be no surprise if he was given a break from his seven-cap fledgling England career that has now brought him two goals in three games.

"With the quality of players we have, hopefully I will be able to use him in the same way Sir Alex has done at United; sparingly from time to time," said Hodgson.

11Comments
17/06/2012 16:14
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theres always critics, especially if you play for man utd, jealousy is very obvious with some so called football fans, what does it matter how he puts the ball in the back of the net, if it gets the national side into the next stagr it should not matter if it comes of his ****, get behind the team and forget whom the player plays for,@ seb maccey d.
17/06/2012 16:20
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of course not to mention the fact  that he never stops running ,, and chases the ball should he lose it to try and win it back ... he may not quite be ready for a regular place just yet ,, but bearing in mind what we have to choose from ,, remember we are not a world class team anymore ,, wake up ,, and be thankful for what we still have ,,, not much i know ,, but it will only get worse ,,, how many in euro 2012 will be playing in the prem next season ,, the cheque books are already out ,, just waiting ,,,
17/06/2012 22:25
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Give us more   Danny Welbeck !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
18/06/2012 01:35
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Not gonna try out-guessing ROY, he is farther on already in this comp. than most fans thought he could get.why question how he thinks,at this stage.Whatever he decides,i'm with him.COME ON ENGLAND.and anyone questioning DANNY WELLBECKS intention at scoring tother night is having a laugh
18/06/2012 00:33
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he was brilliant in the sweden game
18/06/2012 00:47
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Why change a winning team.

ROY (the manager) Picking Rooney Could be your down fall.

18/06/2012 06:38
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 Its good were at game 3 and not desperate to have Rooney back,that relative lack of pressure might mean we see a decent performance from him .
18/06/2012 06:06
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I,for one, am not questioning Roys thinking, most of us did on his squad selection and ended up with chucky egg on our faces,but its amazing how one or two tv pundits are suggesting leaving Wayne out of the starting line up,interesting and curios, Id have him start if Roys phones me.
17/06/2012 19:22
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jayye , if you watched the game he took a knock and went off for treatment, there is no conspiracy as walcott would have played in front of rooney in any event.

 why we need the shrek is beyond  me, he's too volatile for england and his score rate is 37%, a low score rate for a striker,  and he doesn't do well for england, i wouldnt play him unless we took an injury, otherwise  let him warm the bench!

17/06/2012 17:41
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oh dear i have just heard Walcott has a hamstring problem and may not be fit for the next game.Call me synic but is this a back door excuse to let Shrek (rooney) in the back door to make it look good for him.Roy i mean not Rooney
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