England’s Steven Gerrard: We’ll miss Man United’s Danny Welbeck

England captain Steven Gerrard admits the Three Lions will miss suspended Danny Welbeck against Ukraine on Tuesday night

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England captain Steven Gerrard Photo: Football.ua, via Wikimedia

Steven Gerrard admits England will miss Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck when the Three Lions face Ukraine on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old scored twice as Roy Hodgson’s side were 4-0 winners against Moldova after picking up a cheap yellow card in the first half at Wembley on Friday night.

It was Welbeck’s second caution of the World Cup qualifying campaign, ruling the Red Devils forward out of the crucial Group D clash against Ukraine.

And England captain Gerrard believes Welbeck has developed into a key player for the national side, adding the striker’s ban is a blow.

“We’re going to miss him. He’s a big player for us now and you have seen his performance after getting the yellow card, going on and getting a couple of goals and he played really well,” said Gerrard.

“He will be missed on Tuesday, even more so because of the injuries we’ve got, but we have to take it on the chin and roll our sleeves up and take the responsibility.”

Welbeck, who has now scored seven England goals, also expressed his disappointment with the referee’s decision.

“I was obviously very disappointed to get the yellow card,” Welbeck told ITV1.

“In a stadium full of thousands of fans you can’t always hear the referee’swhistle. But even then I thought I was onside and I wanted to put it in the back of the net.

“It was difficult to get my head right because I knew I wasn’t going to be taking part in the next game.

“But the main thing is to do your part for the team and just make sure you give it your best shot. Hopefully in Ukraine we can get the right result.”

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