Danny Welbeck praises the performance of Danish keeper

Thursday 06 Mar 2014
Danny Welbeck spoke to TheFA.com after the game

Danny Welbeck applauded the performance of Denmark keeper Kasper Schmeichel following England's 1-0 win at Wembley.

It took 82 minutes for the Three Lions to finally breach the visitor's resistance as Daniel Sturridge's header gave them their first win in three games.

And the Manchester United forward believes that Roy Hodgson's men would have won by more if it was for the Leicester City stopper.

England 1-0 Denmark

International Match
Wednesday 5 March
Wembley Stadium connected by EE

"There were two losses on the bounce here and a third one wouldn't have gone down too well, so we were happy to get the 1-0 win in the end," said Welbeck.

"I thought we played a lot of good football, we were dynamic up front and we had a lot of chances.

"On another day, if the keeper doesn't have such a good game, it may have been three or four."

He continued: "Sturridge is in great form at the moment and long may it continue. If a chance falls to him he's going to stick it in the back of the net.

"He had a couple before that, but the keeper did pretty well to save.

"But when Adam [Lallana] had the ball out on the left, we know the qualities he possesses, he made some space for himself and picked Sturridge out at the back post. It was a good goal all round."

Welbeck was unlucky not to open the scoring earlier. Having seen Sturridge denied on a couple of occasions, he then saw two efforts kept out well.

It prevented the 23-year-old from adding to his tally of eight goals in 21 England appearances.

However, he looked lively coming off the bench in the second half and was involved in some penetrating attacks. 

He now hopes his club form until the end of the season can help him secure a seat on the plane to Brazil with spaces at a premium. 

Roy Hodgson and Danny Welbeck at full-time outside the Wembley tunnel

Welbeck walks down the tunnel after England's win

"The first [chance], I was hustling and bustling with the defender to try and get the shot off - it was a bit of an easier shot for the keeper to save," said Welbeck. 

"The second one I did a little one-two with Jordan [Henderson] and Kasper Schmeichel got out really fast.

"I've seen it again and I thought that if it was any other keeper it would just slip underneath him. I got a good toe to it and really thought it was a goal, so credit to the goalkeeper."

He added: "If I get my opportunity I just want to give it my best shot. I've got faith in my own ability.

"We're all in it together, but at the same time we're fighting for that World Cup spot.

"We're professionals and we know what it takes. I think everyone is just working hard and we've just got to be as good as we can be.

"I just want to play for my club, try to score goals and try to keep injury free."

By Jamie Bradbury FA Editor