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"Danny Welbeck put in a really mature performance, which was a credit to his club Manchester United and the way they have brought him up."

- Former England defender Martin Keown

12/06/2012 09:55, Report by Adam Marshall
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Welbeck earns praise

Danny Welbeck's performance for England earned praise as he worked selflessly in a lone striker's role during the 1-1 draw with France.

The 21-year-old was his country's man of the match, according to BBC Sport, who stated: "Star performer right from the start. Looks completely at home in international football at the highest level."

Ex-skipper Alan Shearer agreed with the assessment, adding: "I would say Welbeck was our man of the match. I am sure Roy Hodgson would have been delighted with the first 25-30 minutes, in particular Danny Welbeck, who was giving the back four all sorts of problems.

"He was running in behind, coming short, turning Philippe Mexes and using his pace. The French did not do that but Welbeck was full of it and their defenders did not like it."

The display also impressed former Arsenal defender Martin Keown. The former England defender, writing in the Daily Mail, said: "Danny Welbeck put in a really mature performance, which was a credit to his club Manchester United and the way they have brought him up. His movement was excellent and he played intelligently, running into space and holding up the ball well. France's centre-halves Philippe Mexes and Adil Rami will have known they have been in a game."

Welbeck, who overcame a painful ankle knock in the first half, was substituted as the clock ticked past 90 minutes but will hope his performance has earned him another start against Sweden on Friday with Wayne Rooney still suspended.

Ashley Young played just behind Welbeck and created one glorious chance that was spurned by James Milner. The United winger was unable to get involved as much as he would have liked but he played the full match, picking up a yellow card in

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