Next six weeks crucial for Sturridge and Welbeck, says Roy Hodgson

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The Arsenal and Liverpool forwards are looking to impress for England this week.

The next six weeks will be crucial for Arsenal and Liverpool strikers Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck’s England chances, says Roy Hodgson, as reported by FourFourTwo.

The duo have spent the majority of the season on the side-lines as they have battled back from long-term injuries.

However, they have returned to the first team fold at their clubs in recent months and impressed, with both finding themselves among the goals.

They are in England’s squad for this international break as Hodgson assesses his options ahead of Euro 2016.

And when asked of the duo’s chances of heading to France, the Three Lions boss says the next six weeks will be crucial in determining if they are part of his tournament squad.

"Having returned from such long-term injuries, the next six weeks or so before I have to make a decision are important times for them as well.

"They've got to consistently build up their fitness in terms of endurance. Both have come back sharp and that's very positive, so it's really just the conditioning.”

"Not playing and then missing long periods as has been the case, but playing on a regular basis.”

Even if Sturridge and Welbeck do make it into the squad, they face a fight to get into the starting eleven.

The striker position surely now belongs to either Tottenham’s Harry Kane or Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy, both of whom have shined in the Premier League this season.

Both of those also starred in the recent 3-2 win over Germany in performances that will have only pushed the Arsenal and Liverpool men further down the pecking order.

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