Roy Hodgson has revealed he advised Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to sign Danny Welbeck from Manchester United last summer, according to the Daily Express.
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The England head coach says he and Wenger are in regular contact and that he was pleased to see Welbeck make the move to the Emirates Stadium, both for the player himself and for his chances in the national side.
“Arsene and I speak more often than most,” he admitted. “We spoke of course before he signed Danny. I was singing Danny’s praises, so I’m delighted Arsene has seen that my judgment wasn’t wrong and that he shares that judgment.
“We like Danny very much. We’ve always shown faith in Danny. Many times he’s been selected by me and my staff and he’s not actually been playing for Manchester United and yet still we’ve selected him because he’s got the qualities required.
“And what he really needs now is the faith of his manager – which he’s obviously got from Arsene – to get more games, and then I think we’ll see more and more performances from him that we’ve been lucky enough to see with England.
“He’s played quite a lot of games for Arsenal if you compare it to the number of games he was playing at Man United.”