If there is an agreement in place between Arsenal and England over the amount of game time that Danny Welbeck would see during the current international break it would only be a verbal arrangement in the form of a gentleman’s agreement. So there would be nothing really stopping Roy Hodgson from going back on it if he wanted to.
There were strong suggestions that Arsene Wenger and the England camp had spoken about Welbeck and the fitness concerns over his knee and his ability to play games in quick succession. Hodgson admitted last week that Welbeck was on a special training regime and had missed a session with the rest of the England players.
So after the Arsenal man started and played most of the international friendly with Germany on Saturday, Wenger will be hoping that Welbeck is rested today but reading the comments of the England boss in a BBC report I got the feeling that he might be ready to play him. After all it is Hodgson’s job to get the best from his England squad, not to look after any particular club.
Hodgson is clearly keen to build on the momentum of the great comeback win over the World Cup holders and so he suggested that there may not be nearly as many changes as people expected for the match against Russia at Wembley tonight. With no Raheem Sterling, England are not exactly blessed with options for the left forward position and Welbeck was impressive there on Saturday, so will England renege on whatever agreement that Wenger and Hodgson came to?