Danny Welbeck says his spell at Sunderland helped him to grow up - both on and off the pitch.
The forward spent a season on loan at the Stadium of Light in 2010/11, where his encouraging performances led to a first England cap in March 2011.
Welbeck scored six goals on Wearside, and has described his time there as “a great experience”.
“Of course there are new surroundings too - you move out and live on your own. I was living in Newcastle and the training ground was about 15 minutes away but I had to learn to cook and clean for myself.
“Before that I was living with my mum and my family, so it was a big learning curve for me and it was a great year and a great experience.
“[Manager] Steve Bruce was great for me. He gave me the opportunity to play in the Premier League and I think we had a number of good results in that season.
“I made a lot of appearances and he really kept faith in me for the whole season. That was something that I appreciate a lot.”
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