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England Captain Wayne Rooney has hailed former Manchester United teammate Danny Welbeck as finally proving his worth, as the Arsenal striker is playing regularly for both his club and the national team.

Louis van Gaal sold the striker for £16m to Arsenal in the summer, stating he was not good enough to compete with Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney for an attacking place in his Old Trafford line-up.

However, Welbeck has since take advantage of Olivier Giroud's and Daniel Sturridge injuries to establish himself as a force in both the Arsenal and England set-ups.

After scoring a brace in the Roy Hodgson's side 3-1 victory over Slovenia on Saturday, Rooney explained his former teammate's good form by saying: "He is playing matches - and for any footballer it is always great when you are playing matches."

"I think that's shown in his performances and where we are concerned he is doing well for England. Hopefully he keeps doing well and scoring goals for us," the England captain said, according to BBC during the press conference ahead of England's visit to Scotland on Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, the England captain urged his teammates to be ready for the special environment at Celtic Park.

"I've played here in the Champions League. It will be loud and intense. I've spoken to the players to make sure they're ready because if you're not, it can take you by surprise.

"I was excited when this fixture was arranged. I think it will be a good game."

"We are on a good run at the moment and I think it's important we continue this form and getting the results because we know our next game is in March and it will be disappointing if we come off a bad result with such a long wait."