Danny Welbeck came off the bench to score for England as they beat Costa Rica 2-0 in a World Cup warm up game at Elland Road last night.
The Arsenal man is the leading international scorer in Gareth Southgate’s squad as the Three Lions head to Russia, and he’s relishing the fact there’s genuine competition for places in the team.
Speaking after the game, he said, “I am always hungry for more. I am really excited for the upcoming weeks.
I have got a good record when I am playing for England, scoring goals, getting into dangerous positions, players have been finding me in dangerous positions as well.
“I am making runs and always trying to put the ball into the back of the net.
“There is a lot of competition throughout the whole squad and there is a lot of talented players on the pitch, but I think that ups everyone’s game, and it is healthy competition.”
With just 12 months left on his current deal, Welbeck’s future at Arsenal is not entirely certain, but a good showing at the World Cup this summer won’t do his chances of a contract extension any harm.
Of course it remains to be seen how he’s viewed by new boss Unai Emery, and the English premium on transfer fees could see him sold for a decent fee and reinvested if it was decided to go in a different direction.