Stuart Pearce has claimed that he doesn’t think Leeds’ Patrick Bamford will be second-choice to Harry Kane for England, but instead, it will be Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin down the line, as he told talkSPORT.
The West Ham coach also ruled out Roma’s Tammy Abraham, alongside the Leeds striker, who missed this current international break through injury.
Bamford did earn that maiden call last month and it would have been interesting to see if he got the nod this time around.
It seems as though, if he was fit, he wouldn’t have been selected because Gareth Southgate is seemingly pushing towards Ollie Watkins of Aston Villa.
Either way, it’s obvious that Kane is the main man, but Abraham, Watkins, Calvert-Lewin, Bamford and possibly Ivan Toney are fighting it out for those last remaining striker spots.
Pearce shared his thoughts on who he thinks is England’s second striker, as he had bad news for Bamford and Abraham.
“In all honesty, I don’t think he would know,” said Pearce. “I think it’s so up for grabs. Evolution and form going into a World Cup will probably dictate that.
“I don’t think it will be Abraham. I don’t think it’s Bamford. I think it’s more so Calvert-Lewin if I was pushed on an individual.
“Ollie Watkins is coming up and doing well as well. I think there is almost a bit of a drop-off from Harry Kane.”
At Euro 2020, Southgate picked Kane, Calvert-Lewin and Watkins as his out-and-out strikers in his 33-man squad.
That was eventually cut short, with Watkins the one missing out and Kane leading the line all tournament.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if Southgate only takes two out-and-out strikers for the World Cup in Qatar.
If that’s the case then he has the likes of Marcus Rashford, possibly Raheem Sterling or even Mason Greenwood, if selected, to play that role if push comes to shove and things go wrong.