Stats: Austin, Carroll & Kane compared - who comes out on top?

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The Queens Park Rangers, West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur forwards are staking their claim for a future England call-up.

Will 2015 be the year of the England striker?

Three Lions fans will certainly hope so - and the evidence right now is that it just might be. For QPR, West Ham and Spurs are all producing in-form English strikers (and that's without mentioning all the other options).

But, on current form, who would be most deserving of an England call-up?

  Goals (per game)AssistsChances CreatedAerial Duels WonDribbles WonFinal-Third PassesMinutes Played
Charlie Austin 0.73 0.13 0.6 2.6 0.4 6.47 1,284
Andy Carroll 0.43 0.14 0.86 10.71 0.14 7.71 516
Harry Kane 0.31 0.08 0.54 1 1.46 6.62 719

As Opta stats show, it's a close contest between Charlie Austin, Andy Carroll and Harry Kane. Close because they each excel in their own specialist areas.

QPR's Austin, for instance, is the clear winner when it comes to goalscoring, the most important criteria for a striker. After all, the 25-year-old is now the Premier League's third-top scorer.

In all other areas, however, the QPR man comes off second or third-best. Tottenham's Kane is the winner by a distance when it comes to dribbling on the ball, which could prove a key factor within England's current setup. Roy Hodgson's side is now full of flair players such as Raheem Sterling, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Danny Welbeck and more. With his dribbling ability, Kane would be a perfect fit.

But then there's West Ham's Carroll. The (also) 25-year-old has managed a healthy 0.43 Premier League goals per game since returning from injury and trumps both Austin and Tottenham's Kane in no less than four areas.

Indeed, Carroll registers marginally more assists per game, creates more chances, completes marginally more final-third passes and is far better in the air.

So which striker should get the nod - QPR's talisman, West Ham's target man or Tottenham's young pretender?

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