England's Danny Welbeck puts 'no limits' on his improvement

By Phil McNultyChief football writer

Manchester United's Danny Welbeck insists he is putting "no limits" on his progress as he joined the England squad for their decisive Euro 2012 qualifier in Montenegro.

Welbeck has flourished after returning to Old Trafford from a loan spell at Sunderland last season, scoring five goals as United stand at the top of the Premier League table.

The 20-year-old striker is an outsider for selection in Podgorica, with England requiring a point from Friday's meeting with Montenegro to confirm their place in Poland and Ukraine next summer.

England coach Fabio Capello is, however, a confirmed admirer and Welbeck wants to build on the good impression he has created for club and country.

He said: "I just want to keep on improving because there is no limits. When I went on loan to Sunderland, just getting minutes in the Premier League and playing week in week out with the big boys was a really big step for me and I loved my time there."

Welbeck added: "You don't want to put a limit on anything. You don't want to be happy with where you're at. The main ones like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo score goals, break records and carry on breaking them. They don't want to stop.

"I just want to keep on improving. I'm only 20 years of age, so playing week in week out with these players at United and coming here to train with the best players in the nation is just a big buzz and I don't want to stop there.

"I'm confident in my own ability and once I get on the pitch I feel at home. I've always been brought up to play the game and not the occasion. At Manchester United they've always drilled that into us. You've got to win but win and enjoy yourself as well.

"That mentality about not getting over-awed by anything has just been drilled into me."

Welbeck looks to United team-mate Wayne Rooney, with him in the England squad, for guidance and also to Old Trafford's elder statesman Michael Owen and Ryan Giggs.

Danny Welbeck
Welbeck has found the net five times this season for Manchester United

He said: "Growing up I just always loved Ryan Giggs and fortunately I have had the chance to be playing with him. He's my role model but there are players you look at and you take positives from their game and try and put it into yours. I really loved watching Thierry Henry - although not against United.

"I didn't think I would play with Ryan Giggs but I was alongside him in attack against Basel last week and the way he's going he might still be playing when I've finished."

And Welbeck said: "Wayne Rooney is a great professional, good for giving advice on and off the pitch. He talks you through games and training as well. I'm pleased to be playing with any striker at United and I hope it's likewise.

"Michael Owen is good for giving advice as are all the professionals. I'm learning from the best. Michael terrorised the world stage with England at a young age and Wayne Rooney is one of the best footballer's in the world.

"They are so easy to talk to. I'm always watching them in training and how they act around the dressing room and in their circle."

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