Euro 2016: Arsenal striker odds-on for England after comeback glory

Danny Welbeck spent ten months out of Arsenal and England action due to injury
Danny Welbeck spent ten months out of Arsenal and England action due to injury

Having tipped Danny Welbeck for Euro 2016 at 7/2, Michael Lintorn thinks he may still offer new backers value at 5/6...

"Even with attacking options increasing for the Three Lions, Welbeck was picked for the first five Euro 2016 qualifiers before his period on the treatment table, firing six times."

It was the perfect weekend for punters who trusted Betting.Betfair's advice two months ago that Danny Welbeck was a brilliant bet to go to Euro 2016 at the inexplicably enormous price of 7/2.

The argument was that only injury could hold him back. The forward has started a mighty six of Roy Hodgson's seven tournament matches in charge of England, a figure that made him his joint-most selected player, merely missing the final World Cup 2014 clash with Costa Rica in which a weakened team was picked with elimination confirmed.

Even with attacking options increasing for the Three Lions, the 25-year-old was picked for the first five Euro 2016 qualifiers before his period on the treatment table, firing six times. This ranked him as the joint-11th top scorer in the process despite missing half the campaign, again emphasising that he has that Peter Crouch quality of delivering for his country regardless of any dry spells at club level.

So injury was always going to be his main hurdle and, though it was a significant one which had to be treated seriously given that he last played in April 2015, Arsene Wenger maintained confidence that he would return before the end of the season, and he played for their U21 side in early February.

The first hugely positive omen for Welbz backers came before Arsenal were even in action, when Hodgson made a rare appearance on Match of the Day on Saturday night.

The 68-year-old was asked about his pool of strikers in the context of Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy's form and flagged up the forgotten man entirely unprompted in a manner which supported the idea that, if he is fit, he will go: "On top of that, we hope to have Welbeck back."

It was already a massively promising sign which suggested that his chances were far better than his odds or his lack of media coverage gave him credit for, but he rapidly transformed both of those on his earlier-than-anticipated comeback around 15 hours later.

Wenger turned to the out-of-practice forward with less than eight minutes left at the Emirates and the Gunners struggling for a winner against the ten men of leaders Leicester, and he found it quite brilliantly with the last touch of the game, heading beyond the impressive Kasper Schmeichel.

The ensuing scenes were amazing as he sprinted into the crowd, joined by half of his teammates, yet the exposure was even greater, so much so that it seems surprising and enticing that he is still available at 5/6 to make the England squad. Surely only another spell on the sidelines can stop him.

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