Former Liverpool striker urges Hodgson to drop conservative approach, but how?

Roy Hodgson

Robbie Fowler would like to see three strikers start against Italy.

Former Liverpool and England striker Robbie Fowler has urged Roy Hodgson to not be so conservative in the World Cup opener against Italy on Saturday.

Fowler has said he would like to see the trio of Rickie Lambert, Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge all starting in Menaus in order to take the game to their opponents from the first whistle.

The former striker admitted it’s hard to see Hodgson take such an approach, as he told TalkSport:

“I’m old school. I want to win games playing exciting football and getting people off their feet. Roy as a manager in the past has not been like that and I can’t see him changing.

“It looks like he is going to play Rooney down the middle. I would have Lambert as the focal point and Rooney and Sturridge playing off him. That is the way I would go.

“Lambert gives England other options. Everyone wants to drop off and get the ball and there is no one behind the defenders. At least Rickie Lambert would stay up and the ball will stick – and that will give other players a chance to get forward.”

Hodgson hasn’t tried such an approach in the warm-up matches against Peru, Ecuador and Honduras so it is unlikely such a system or line-up will be on show against Italy.

The likelihood is that Daniel Sturridge will start up front with Wayne Rooney playing behind him, whilst Rickie Lambert is likely to start from the bench, as England look to keep it tight and solid in every area.

If England are chasing the game then there is the possibility that all three players could be on the field at the same time, but with at least one player likely to be played out of position in the closing stages of the game.

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