Smalling: Man Utd pair Welbeck, Rooney can fire England to glory

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling feels the strike-pairing of Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney can fire England to glory.

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling feels the strike-pairing of Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney can fire England to glory.

Welbeck ­secured a famous victory in the thriller against Sweden on Friday when he flicked home Theo Walcott’s cross for the winner – and ­Smalling believes a Rooney-Welbeck partnership will keep the attacking momentum going.

“It has been a great ­pairing for United,” he told the Sunday Mirror. “They link up really well for us – and they get on really well.

“Danny has seen Wayne play a lot while he has been growing up.

“He knows how he plays – he’s seen his movement.

“He’s learned a lot off him at United.

“Danny’s played up top and Wayne’s played just behind and has fed him those balls. They are on the same wavelength.”

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