How England hopefuls from Spurs, QPR and West Brom compare to squad regulars

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How do England strike hopefuls from West Bromwich Albion, Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers compare with the current Three Lions stars.

Roy Hodgson will name his latest England squad on Thursday, for a Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia and an eagerly-anticipated friendly date with Scotland.

There will, inevitably, be a number of familiar faces within the Three Lions ranks, with tried and tested a favoured option when it comes to international football.

That is particularly true at the business end of the field, with proven marksmen helping to make the difference at the very highest level.

What, though, are the chances of England including a few fresh attacking faces in their ranks?

West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino has been building plenty of weight behind his claims to call-up, while Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane is another of those hoping to graduate from the under-21 fold into the senior set-up on the back of a number of impressive Premier League and Europa League performances.

A case can also be made for Queens Park Rangers hot-shot Charlie Austin, a man who was playing non-league football five years ago and is one step away from completing a meteoric rise.

How do they shape up against regular members of the squad? Opta data lends a hand.

  PositionTeamGoalsGoal AssistsOn-target Scoring AttemptsTotal Scoring AttemptsAccurate PassesAppearancesMins Played
Saido Berahino FW West Brom 7 0 14 29 206 10 897
Charlie Austin FW QPR 5 1 10 31 113 9 758
Wayne Rooney FW Man Utd 3 2 6 19 286 7 599
Danny Welbeck FW Arsenal / Man Utd 2 1 8 25 191 9 650
Harry Kane FW Tottenham 1 1 3 4 31 6 95
Daniel Sturridge FW Liverpool 1 0 5 13 50 3 270
Rickie Lambert FW Liverpool 0 0 2 4 41 8 164

Berahino is clearly the leading candidate when it comes to top-flight showings, with more goals scored and more shots hitting the target than any of his rivals.

It is worth noting that Kane’s cause is boosted considerably by six European goals (including qualifiers), two in the Capital One Cup and one for the England under-21 side.

Austin would appear to be the rank outsider but he has fired in more shots than the others on the list, suggesting that he is capable of working his way into threatening positions despite turning out for a struggling QPR side.

The big decisions now rest with Hodgson, with Daniel Sturridge’s absence through injury and Rickie Lambert’s lack of game time at Liverpool propping the door open for a plucky newcomer to join English football’s top table.

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