London : Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck has thanked manager Sir Alex Ferguson for being able to join the England Euro squad, he after admitted his fear of his dream being wrecked.
“You’ve got to take what’s in front of you and try to build on that. There were times when I was thinking, ‘Oh I won’t be able to make it’ but the manager kept faith in me and I was always ready to go,” Welbeck was quoted as saying.
Welbeck, 21, revealed that he thought his hopes of making his mark had been destroyed by Manchester City’s Dutch destroyer Nigel De Jong, who saw Welbeck limp out of United’s devastating 1-0 defeat at Eastlands on April 30, leaving him out of action for the rest of the season.
However, the Ghanaian-origin star player rejoined the squad at England’s Hertfordshire hotel ahead of Wednesday’s flight to their tournament base in Krakow.
“I did fear the worst after the De Jong tackle, initially. That night, when I went home, I had all sorts of emotions going through my head. I didn’t know what was happening until I’d had the scan or anything. At that point I felt really downhearted,” he added.
Welbeck said that the biggest spur to his fitness drive came from Ferguson, a man who has not always placed England at the top of his interests.
“Just before I left to join up with the squad, I had a word with him and he was congratulating me on making the squad, just telling me to play my normal game and go out there,” added Welbeck.