Another season is drawing to a close, trophies are still up for grabs, but many English players will be keeping one eye on this summers big festival of football and what chance they have of making the plane. With a cruel injury to Jay Rodriguez ruling him out of this summer big festival of football it opens up an extra space up top for someone to make the 23. Below I assess the credentials of Englands striking options and their chances of them making the plane to Brazil this summer.
On The Plane
Wayne Rooney – First name on the team sheet and Englands potential talisman. Yet to produce a major performance in the Three Lions jersey but this summer could be the one where Rooney finally makes his mark on the world stage.
Daniel Sturridge – Talk about hitting form at the right time. The 2013/14 season has seen Sturridge emerge as one of Englands finest goalscoring talents and his tally of 30 league goals this season make him a certainty to head to Brazil.
Rickie Lambert – Before the unfortunate injury to Jay Rodriguez at the Etihad 2 weeks ago it was a 50/50 toss up between J-Rod and Lambert for one of the forward slots in Hodgsons England squad. With J-Rod now out injured and Lambert hitting a run of late season form, the Merseyside born south coast frontman is surely now certain of a place on the plane.
Waiting To Board
Andy Carroll – An 18 months dogged by injuries has put a halt on the early England career of Andy Carroll, but as proven at the 2012 European championships Carroll can be a real handful for defences with his size and aerial ability. With Lambert more likely to make the 23 however, would Roy Hodgson want to take two nearly identical types of striker?
Danny Welbeck – Before the start of this season an almost certainty to be in Brazil this summer, but 2013/2014 has been a quiet season for Welbeck. He is however one of Hodgsons go to options who is usually always in or around the England set up. Has impressed recently with some good performances against Bayern in the Champions League, giving him a late push to keep his place on the plane.
Back at Check In
Gabriel Agbonlahor – The outside chance. Has not featured in England squads in the build up to this summer, but offers pace and a natural goalscoring ability. Would be a surprise call, but a potential option for Hodgson if he fancies something a bit different.
Saido Berahino – Another outside chance. Impressed with West Brom this season, scoring a cracker against United at Old Trafford. Represented England at Under 21 level, scoring on his debut and now has a tally of 6 goals in 5 games for the Young Lions. Feel this tournament might have come too soon for him however and is more likely to be aiming for the Euros in 2016 and the 2018 World Cup.
Stuck At Home
Jermaine Defoe– Usually reliant striking option for England in years gone by, now plying his trade over in Canada. Despite assurances from Defoe himself it wouldnt affect his England career, he is now out of the limelight, out of focus, and out of contention.
Jay Rodriguez – Bang on form and bang in contention before ACL rupture put him out for 6 months and ruined his world cup dream. Will be 28 by the time 2018 rolls around and hopefully will one day realise him ambition.
Theo Walcott – Technically more a winger but has himself stated he thinks himself a striker. Good form at times before injury at home to Tottenham earlier in the season ruled him out the worlds biggest tournament.
Is there anyone else you think has a chance? Disagree with some of the opinions? Pick the 4/5 players you’d take and sound off on the comments about anyone that’s been missed or anyone you think shouldn’t be where they are.