Switzerland 0 England 2: Three talking points as Arsenal star finds form
Switzerland 0 England 2: Three talking points as Danny Welbeck fires the visitors to comfortable win
Welbeck proves he can add goals to his game
Although he wasn’t England’s star man on a positive evening in Basel, Danny Welbeck silenced some of his doubters by scoring twice in the 2-0 victory. Welbeck showed little signs of pressure, despite wanting to prove himself worthy of the £16m Arsenal paid for his services. There was that, and the fact that England were relying on him in the absence of Daniel Sturridge, but his two goals proved he can finish moves off in the right way. Despite messing up a golden opportunity in the first half to set either Raheem Sterling or Wayne Rooney up for a simple tap-in, Welbeck returned stronger and took his strikes perfectly to seal the win. Whether this performance now boosts the expectations of Arsenal fans or not, it could be a real turning point for the youngster.
Roy right to have faith in Fabian, but could have been left looking daft
At the final whistle, the result and clean sheet proved Roy Hodgson was right to make such a gamble and give Fabian Delph his competitive debut. However, that could all have panned out very differently had the Aston Villa man not calmed down following a frantic first ten minutes. Two rash challenges earned him the booking many Premier League fans knew would come, and questioned whether he was going to remain a liability for the remainder of the game. If anything, it grounded Delph, and he went on to play a part in a promising England performance. He certainly has elements of his game which need improving before Delph can be considered an international standard player, but training alongside quality players with England can make that a possibility.
Qualification almost assured, which could have negative Wembley effect
Travelling to Basel and facing a talented Swiss side was always going to be England’s toughest game in qualification, and the 2-0 victory came following a tidy display. The likes of Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania and San Marino are unlikely to cause England any real worries, and with the top three places potentially leading to progression, the win over Switzerland almost seals qualification. Whilst it would be tough to take any negatives from the display, the ease through qualifying could impact the Wembley crowd, which has made headlines since the friendly against Norway last week. Wembley was left half full/empty, and with little drama or excitement coming from the teams or situation in Group E, fans might be tempted to not make the effort to support the team. Unless of course they want to see goals galore against San Marino.