England need their main striker to get in amongst the goals, but who will it be? Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur all featured.
He seems to be the form striker who can pull on an England shirt at the moment given his impressive goalscoring record for Liverpool. If he can replicate that in an England shirt he will unquestionably be England’s go-to man heading into the World Cup.
He is probably the best player in the entire England team yet it is unlikely for us to see him lead the England line going into Brazil given the good job he does dropping into midfield and turning into more of a provider.
He did lead the line in a couple of games at Euro 2012, including scoring a header against Sweden but injuries have plagued him at the start of this season. The chances of him being Hodgson’s preferred choice, if Carroll gets fit enough, seem to be next to none. He does have an outside chance of making the squad, however.
Rodriguez probably didn’t have the performance he was after on his international bow but there is a chance between now and the next friendlies in March for him to put in some performances to earn another chance. The way he has been playing for Southampton, he may just get it. Though if he did end up going to Brazil, he'd probably be playing in a wider position.
Welbeck seems to be played more as an inside forward for England, using his pace and close control as his assets rather than his ability in front of goal [though when he wants to, boy he can play]. You’d expect him to be a big part of Hodgson’s plans but not in a central position.
So far this season his goal-scoring record has been very good in the games he has played in, yet he has never really replicated this kind of form for the national side. Roy Hodgson seems to be taking note of Defoe’s Europa League performances even if he can’t get into the Premier League starting line-up.
He has become the fairy-tale striker but his form for his club so far means he stands a good chance of being on the plane to Brazil, two goals in his first two appearances in an England shirt have undoubtedly helped his cause but he does provide a degree of variation. Doubtful he will be the main man, though.
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