VIDEO: Danny's debut day
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011
Striker speaks to FATV about his Wembley experience.
By Nicholas Veevers
A beaming Danny Welbeck emerged from the England dressing room to speak to FATV last night, after picking up his first cap against Ghana on what was a memorable night at Wembley.
With a massive contingent of visiting supporters in good voice and a full-bloodied game on the pitch, there was a great atmosphere inside the Stadium and it was something Welbeck was delighted to be a part of.
There was even an added edge for the Manchester-born striker too, as his parents are Ghanaian and he received a fiery reception from the visiting fans which he admits gave the him a ‘bittersweet’ feeling.
But after playing for England at U16, U17, U18, U19 in recent years and for the Under-21s as recently as last week, the latest step-up was a natural progression.
“I only got the call last night, so I was a bit overwhelmed and to make my first appearance tonight, I’m just delighted,” he told FATV.
“It was straight to business really. I got to the hotel late last night and had dinner with the lads and everyone was very welcoming.
“I’m quite familiar with a few of them too so that helped as well.”
The 20-year-old has been in impressive form with Sunderland this season whilst on loan from Manchester United and his major aim is still to keep on developing as he has been over the last few years.
“I just want to keep pushing on and improving as a player,” he added.
“To get on the pitch and make my debut tonight, I’m happy but we conceded the goal late on. It was a good goal though.”
Click here to watch the full interview with Danny on FATV.
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