Updated: 13/06/2012 18:59 | By pa.press.net

Welbeck looking to build on France draw

Danny Welbeck thinks there will be many goalscoring opportunities when England face Sweden on Friday

Danny Welbeck thinks there will be many goalscoring opportunities when England face Sweden on Friday

England forward Danny Welbeck is aware the team need to build on their draw with France as they prepare for their next Euro 2012 group match against Sweden.

Roy Hodgson's men began their campaign in Ukraine with a 1-1 result against the fancied French, while Sweden were beaten 2-1 by the hosts. The Scandinavians have throughout the years proven to be something of a bogey team for England, but Welbeck is hopeful of an improved performance.

"I think the France game, as a start for us, we set out our platform," the Manchester United player told a press conference in Krakow. "We really want to build on that from now on. I think we can improve a lot more."

He added: "Looking at it from a neutral point of view it will be a fine game to watch. Once the game is opened up, there will be a few goalscoring opportunities carved out."

Welbeck, who is making his debut in a tournament finals, is hoping the heat will not be too much of a factor in Kiev on Friday night.

Warm temperatures and high humidity have had an impact on players so far, but Welbeck is hoping a later kick-off will work in their favour.

"The heat is going to take something out of you," he said. "The second half (against France) was a bit cooler, and our second and third games are at a later time so that will be a bit better for us.

"We have a great medical team telling us to keep hydrated, drinking at all times and we've had good advice all the way throughout the tournament."

Welbeck is also looking forward to welcoming United team-mate Wayne Rooney back to the side for the final group game against Ukraine next week.

Rooney will serve the second of a two-match ban against the Swedes, and Welbeck said: "We all know the passion Wayne has for football. He's itching to get out on the pitch. It will be better for us once his suspension is done and he can come in and play for us against Ukraine."

13/06/2012 14:36
He can start by touching the ball more than 8 times, shooting more than 0 times and holding the ball up for more than 5 seconds!!!!!

The thing that bothers me is who is Hodgson going to drop to accomodate Rooney.  Providing they're not out through injury the attack and mid field  looked very balanced against France, and Rooney is now getting match stale. Might be better to bring him on as a sub in the Ukraine game.


That way he can go with his usual workrate without getting knackered and it doesn't undermine the player he's replacing, or upset the teams rhythm.

13/06/2012 16:03

I agree with anthony's view, but rooney will probably start against Ukraine, but its down to Wellbeck to keep his place, its still his to lose. But he needs to do better than he did against the french. Some TV pundits called him the man of the match ! I must have been watching a different match, because Stevie G was MOTM by a mile.


And whats with the barnet on rooney??? He's not happy with just being called shrek, now he looks even more stupid with that hair cut. Is he trying to look like Duke Nukem ?

13/06/2012 16:56
Wellbeck MOTM??? I wasn't even sure he had come out for the second half! Young wasn't much better and if England don't start using the pace they have up front then Rooney will get one game only
13/06/2012 15:39
wellbeck did a crap job against france, got the ball head down and run like a headless chicken. why not defoe? hell even andy carroll would have done better. and grim as for rooney it's obvious woy will start him against ukraine and wellbeck will miss out (thank god) but why was rooney included done nothing for england in two years so why not pick crouch or holt or bent. rooney does it for united but does nothing for england so why do managers consistantly pick him????
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