DANNY Welbeck and Jordan Henderson flashed out reminders of their precocious talents when both were on the scoresheet for England Under 21s in a 4-0 crushing of Denmark Under 21s last night.
Welbeck opened the scoring with a thumping left-foot shot after taking possession 25 yards out in the 23rd minute of the game and Henderson completed the scoring in the 72nd minute with a crisp finish.
In between, Scott Sinclair and Daniel Sturridge added to the scoreline on a good night for watching boss Stuart Pearce who will next test his young stars against Iceland Under 21s in a friendly on Preston on Monday night.
The goals will have boosted the confidence of the Sunderland duo – Welbeck getting back among the goals as he continues his return from an injury sustained in the first week of the year; Henderson having success in front of goal, which is the area of his game he has said he most wants to improve on.
Pearce plans to make both Henderson and on-loan Manchester United striker Welbeck to the Euro Under 21 finals this summer and hailed last night’s result as an example of what the squad is capable of when enough of the country’s leading young players are available for selection.
He added: “In international football to win a game is hard work, make no mistake.
“To win 4-0 away from home, I am very pleased with.
“For me, it’s a stepping stone towards the summer and hopefully one or two players showed me they’re improving and getting better.
“There were decent performances – Danny Welbeck coming back from injury and Daniel Sturridge was outstanding, as was the goalkeeper Alex McCarthy in his first start.”