After Daniel Sturridge's breakthrough season at Liverpool which seemed to take him to the next level, many England fans were hoping he could lead the line for the foreseeable future. However an injury disrupted campaign this time round has stopped him in his tracks, and it has led to Danny Welbeck taking his opportunity.
Jamie Carragher believes Welbeck is far more impressive for England than Sturrdige. Perhaps a harsh comment given the latter has not been given as many chances as Welbeck. Sturridge's England career has been stop and start and just when he was about to be given a chance to have a sustained run in a qualifying campaign he was hit with injuries.
Speaking to Talksport Carragher said "'Well I think certainly Welbeck now, he think he may have just edged ahead of Sturridge in terms of what he has done for England, you think of that game in Switzerland."
Carragher also stated that he thinks it may take a while for Sturridge to return to his best form and Liverpool fans shouldn't be too expectant. "You can't just expect Daniel Sturridge to come out firing on all cylinders. I don't want to put too much pressure on him but it looks like it is down to him because there's not too much else there at the moment."
Wayne Rooney, you either love him or hate him when it comes to England. Clearly he is a talented player, but never seems to quite produce the sort of performances we have come to expect from him. He will earn his 100th cap this week, and sooner or later will break Sir Bobby Charlton's international goal scoring record. Yet he doesn't have a legendary status and many believe he could have achieved a lot more for his country.
With that in mind, as England fans we have yearned for another striker to support Rooney throughout his career and since Michael Owen we have failed to have a regular partner for Wayne. Sturridge looks like the man to fill those boots, whilst Danny Welbeck has often found himself playing in a wide role.
Welbeck has always looked far more impressive for country than club, but a move to Arsenal has allowed him to play in his preferred central striking role. Roy Hodgson has also employed him down the middle recently and his two goals against Switzerland in September made a few critics stand up and notice he is a key part of England's future.
Welbeck has 11 goals from his 30 international caps, whilst Sturridge has 5 from 16. Similar record in terms of goals per game, and we can look forward to a future with both of them in the international set-up with or without Rooney. As things stand Welbeck has been better for England, but one would expect Sturridge to go on to greater things.