Welbeck: White's England call-up only the start

Striker confident his teammate can learn plenty from England experience.

By Charlie Hanson • 01 June 2021

By The FA
Ben White will remain with the England squad for two friendlies this week.

Danny Welbeck is thrilled for see teammate Ben White get the recognition his form over the 2020/21 season has deserved, with a call-up to the England senior squad.

"Ben has got so much ability," Welbeck said. "For a defender his range of passing is fantastic. Physically he's so strong, he's fast, there's countless things I can say about him on the pitch.

"Off the pitch he's so laid back, he's always preparing himself well. I can see why Gareth Southgate has called him up and I am so happy for him to get that recognition he deserves. He's had a really good season.

By Paul Hazlewood
Danny Welbeck says that whatever happens, Ben White's time with the England setup will be hugely positive for the defender.

"It's not easy for an attacker coming up against him and this is only the start of what we can expect from Ben. Now he needs to keep his head down and keep working hard and know that if he can get to this stage at this age, he can go a lot further with hard work."

White was called up as part of a preliminary squad of 33 players, that will be cut down to 26 for the Euros, that begin later this month.

Whether the defender will make the final squad is to be seen, but regardless, Danny says it's an experience he will treasure.

"The manager has got to make a decision. But for Ben, it's his first call-up, nobody can take that away from him. 

"He's going to the camp and it will give him more hunger to be in and around that group, to see what level he has to be at to be in the team. He will take something from every player he is in competition with."

Welbeck made his debut for England in 2011 against Ghana - the birth country of his parents.

"I was at home in Manchester and I got the call-up for the friendly. My parents are from Ghana, so it was surreal, it was something I had dreamed of since I was a little kid. 

"There had been a bit of talk around me playing well in the Premier League, so you work hard towards it and once you get that call-up, you get that sense of pride; you can't wait to pull that shirt on to represent your country.

"I came on as a sub and it was such a bittersweet moment. I had members of my family at the game sat in the Ghana section and they told me after the game they were booing me when I came on! Looking back it was funny."