It is almost time for the latest batch of England internationals against Lithuania and Italy and after a breakthrough season for English strikers in the Premier League, it is anyone’s guess who Roy Hodgson will opt to choose as his strikers. Four of the top 10 goal-scorers in the top flight are English, meaning the 67-year-old will have some tricky decisions to make
Only Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa (both 17) have scored more league goals than Tottenham’s Harry Kane and QPR’s Charlie Austin (both 14). Both forwards have enjoyed a phenomenal rise this campaign and must surely be considered as strong contenders to receive international recognition.
Another option is Saido Berahino, who was in Hodgson’s previous squad back in November. His 11 goals have lifted West Brom away from the drop zone in recent weeks. Meanwhile, Danny Ings (9) is just outside the top ten for goals this term as he aims to help Burnley stay in the Premier League.
The form of these four means that the only man to be guaranteed his position in the squad is the captain, Wayne Rooney (10), who is the final Englishman in the top 10 following his match-winning brace against Sunderland on Saturday.
That’s not even mentioning, the fit-again Daniel Sturridge, who is surely destined to be recalled to the squad, after missing the previous two through injury. Danny Welbeck has also established himself as a staple pick at international level, having scored 13 goals in 32 caps for his country, including two goals in the crucial win away in Switzerland last September.
Andy Carroll was an option before he picked up his latest injury in West Ham’s draw with Southampton last month. Meanwhile Rickie Lambert, who played his way into last summer’s World Cup squad after scoring 14 goals for Southampton last season, will surely have dropped down the pecking order after a lack of game-time since his move to Liverpool.
The plethora of options Hodgson has at his disposal is quite frightening and with only four or five places up for grabs, there is sure to be a last minute dash for these spots over the next few weeks.