Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Double Delight for Cats' Welbeck

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Double Delight for Cats' Welbeck

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England U21s 3 Lithuania U21s 0 SUNDERLAND loan star Danny Welbeck found the net twice as England Under-21s overcame Lithuania 3-0 to secure their place in the play-off for next year's European Championships.

The striker, on loan at the Black Cats from Manchester United, hit a secondhalf brace either side of Aston Villa youngster Marc Albrighton's effort.

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere was again left on the bench as Stuart Pearce stuck with the side which beat Portugal 1-0 on Friday. Afterwards the manager praised Wilshere's maturity after the midfielder came off the bench to help fire the Young Lions to victory.

Pearce admitted the 18-year-old had "taken his eye off the ball" following his arrest and subsequent bail in the wake of a late-night fracas in Kensington.

However, despite again not making the starting XI at Colchester's Weston Homes Community Stadium yesterday afternoon, Wilshere was introduced for the second half in a move which galvanised England.

The Arsenal midfielder set up Welbeck for the opening goal just after the hour before Albrighton swept home a second. Welbeck netted a third in stoppage time.

Pearce said: "Jack gave us a lift when he came on and had an impact on the game.

"For a young man, who in his own mind is expecting to be playing on Friday and then on the back of that was not in the starting line-up again, he has handled that extremely well.

"It was probably only Welbeck's performance in training which kept Jack out of the team, that coupled with the fact Jack did get caught up with the headlines in the papers.

"He will readily admit that, and it was important that he put that to bed."

The England coach continued: "In some ways there is no situation. He is a quite a level-headed kid.

"It is difficult for young men as they get thrust in the limelight and they are bombarded with information about who they should be, Eusebio or whoever. …

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