Having not played for Arsenal since before the end of last season, the England international forward Danny Welbeck was very likely worried that he might not make it on to the plane for the Euro 2016 tournament this summer as his return from that knee injury kept being put back and put back.
And even though Welbeck has been playing and playing well for the Gunners since his return, the form of other English strikers like Vardy and Kane and the increased amount of options available to Roy Hodgson these days meant that the Arsenal man’s place was still under a lot of pressure.
So the news reported by the BBC that he will start against Germany tonight is a big morale boost for Welbeck as it not only shows the faith that the England boss has in him but all but guarantees his place at Euro 2016. The Three Lions are away to the tournament favourites Germany and so Hodgson has picked his strongest available XI and Welbeck is one of them.
To be fair he does have a very good scoring ratio at international level as well as all that he offers with his pace and work rate. Good news for Danny and if it helps his confidence it could be great news for Arsenal in the coming weeks and months.