Danny Welbeck believes his £16 million summer move to Arsenal from Manchester United has helped his performances with England.
The 24-year-old was voted Man of the Match during the Three Lions 4-0 win against Lithuania in which he also scored.
It represents an admirable turnaround in fortunes for the former Red Devil who was deemed surplus to requirements by Louis van Gaal at Manchester United at the start of the season.
The Dutchman instead put his faith in the loan signing of Radamel Falcao who has since flopped terribly.
“As a team, England are progressing well. We are on a good run and we just want to keep it going. As a whole squad, we are excited whenever the games come up,” said Welbeck, reports Daily Mirror.
And Welbeck says the reason he’s done so well on the international stage is because of his move to north London.
“When you are playing regularly, you feel a lot sharper on the pitch. Once you play regularly, it just becomes second nature to do things on the pitch. I feel match-sharp and that is important.”
And this despite the emergence of Harry Kane on the international scene who crowned his England debut with a remarkable goal after just 80 seconds on the pitch.
Kane symbolises a renaissance in the England attack with the likes of Rooney, Welbeck, Sterling and Townsend among the options Roy Hodgson can call upo, something which the Arsenal man is relishing.
“We’ve got great options,” said Welbeck.
“And it is not just the attacking players, but it is all over the pitch. With the way we are playing at the moment, if you get a chance you want to take it.
“Harry? He got a great reception when he came on. He scored and everyone is delighted with him.”
Welbeck will, however, not be available for England’s trip to Italy on Tuesday after picking up a knee injury.