Date: 25th June 2012 at 4:29pm
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A football pitch can be a lonely place when you`ve ended up as the losing side after a dramatic penalty shoot-out, even if circumstances contrived to place you on the bench.

Watching on from the sidelines, Danny Welbeck would have been as heart-broken as those stood in the centre circle as first Ashley Young and then Ashley Cole missed their shoot-out penalties.

Whilst on the pitch, Welbeck found it hard making in-roads into an Italian defence that was rarely troubled by forages forward by an England team content to park that mythical bus.

In fact, it`s fair to say that Welbeck`s performance was more noticeable by his constant tracking back and majestic defensive headers, something he`s not normally noted for, as he helped England to defend resolutely.

After the match, Danny faced up to the media and spoke about his disappointment at going out in such a manner, remarking,

“In training we`ve been sticking penalties away but, tonight, unfortunately it wasn`t to be.”

“It`s very hard to take and people aren`t in the best of moods in the dressing room but we have to evaluate what has happened in the future.”

“The experience is invaluable coming to a major tournament. It was something I`ve been working so hard for since I was a little kid.”


It was a sad end to our appearance in the Euro 2012 Finals but the experience will make Danny a better man and next time around this failure should be used as a springboard to achieve success, something that we expect Danny to sample a lot of in his blossoming career.



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