Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal boss, has said that he is sure that a fully fit Danny Welbeck will be part of the England squad that travels to the World Cup next summer.

Wenger has urged the forward to guarantee his place in the team by putting in impressive performances between now and the summer. Welbeck has suffered from a number of injuries since joining Arsenal in 2014 and has been out of action since the defeat at Watford on 14 October.

However, he is now set to return and Wenger is pleased to have him back with plenty of time for him to prove himself ahead of the World Cup.

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Speaking ahead of the weekend Wenger said, “I have a long experience and have known players who have won the World Cup, who in November had no chance to go to the World Cup. I remember especially [Emmanuel] Petit for example in ’98 [when France triumphed]. He made it in March, April, May.”

He went on to say that Welbeck has the “potential” to be part of the squad and that he is sure that if the player is fit then he will be selected.

He offered advice to Welbeck saying, “The best way to go to the World Cup is not to think ‘I have to prepare for the World Cup’, it is to do well for your club and, after, you are automatically in the national team.”

Welbeck has played for England 36 times and Wenger is sure that the forward has the ability to win many more caps, “For me he is a striker who has top physical quality. He has good movement, he is a team player as well, and he can score goals, he can provide.”