Berahino vs Ings: Who should England call up?

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We compare the attacking duo competing for a potential England call up.

Saido Berahino v Danny Ings: Head to Head: : 20150215

England manager Roy Hodgson will have hard choices when it comes to selecting his next squad.

The manager will have to name his squad for next month’s double-header with Lithuania and Italy, but has numerous decisions to make with his squad beforehand.

The most difficult area he will have to choose in will be with his forwards, a problem Hodgson, and former England managers, have not had for quite some time.

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is guaranteed a place in the squad given he is captain, despite the fact he is now playing in a midfield role for his club and is yet to register a shot on target, let alone a goal, in 2015.

Another forward surely guaranteed a place in Tottenham man Harry Kane, who has been hugely impressive in his debut season. So far Kane has scored 23 goals in 35 games for Spurs, and the England manager has all but confirmed to the BBC that he will be in his squad for next month’s double-header.

After that though, the remaining two positions are undecided. Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge are both regulars but the latter has just returned from injury and the former is in indifferent form for his club Arsenal, while Rickie Lambert’s lack of serious game time at Liverpool means he is unlikely to feature.

League duo Danny Ings and Saido Berahino have put themselves in firm contention for the place, while Charlie Austin would likely have been in contention before his injury. So, who does Hodgson choose out of Ings and Berahino?

Well, as the stats above show, the duo are shockingly close, with Berahino on one more goal than Ings so far in the Premier League, while he also leads in the on-target scoring attack category as well. Elsewhere, the pair are equal in one unwanted category, having both missed five big chances apiece.

Despite being slightly ahead on those two areas, it’s elsewhere that may put Ings ahead of his rival. One of those is his dribbling contests won, with the Burnley man leading Berahino 38 to 21 in that area, while he also has four assists to the West Brom strikers none.

As always, statistics can be misleading, but one thing that is clear, Roy Hodgson has a difficult decision ahead of next month’s fixtures. It is however, a difficult decision he will be glad to have to make.

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