Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck has come out and spoke about the frustration he endured while playing under former manager David Moyes at Manchester United.
The England international scored 11 goals in 24 starts for United last season despite hardly ever getting to play in his favourite central attacking role.
The 23-year-old is now however relishing the thought of being able to play alongside Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge in England’s three-man attack during this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
When speaking to Sky Sports Welbeck said: “It does get frustrating. You want to be playing in a certain position and you’re not getting the opportunity to do that.
“It’s the same for everyone – when they are being played out of position they don’t really like it.
“I’d like to play central. I’ve been playing on the left for a while and it’s got to the time where I want to stake a place up front.
“My goals per game ratio is better for England. I’m much more free up front as there are three in midfield and three up front. That way there’s a bit more defensive cover rather than me being that defensive cover.
“For United I’m more likely to be left wing of a four-man midfield with only two centre-mids so it’s a bit more difficult for me to maybe make those runs to get in and score those goals when I’ve got to think about my defensive duties as well.
“Maybe I’m kind of let off the leash a bit more for England than United.”
Last December former manager Moyes complained that Welbeck did not put the effort into training, and while he might have seen the words as constructive criticism that is not the way Welbeck took them adding: “I was pretty surprised to be honest.”
“Before he made that statement I was doing extra training. Maybe he just didn’t see it.
“I’ve grown up at Manchester United and been professional all through my career and I always do extra work.
“It’s born and bred in me to do extra work after training and maybe he wasn’t seeing that extra stuff.
“I was doing extras in the gym and on the pitch.”