Who Will Roy Take: The Men Leading The Line

January 22, 2016

- Grant Whittington

There’s been plenty of talk about England’s strikers of late and just who should not only make the squad but be part of the starting eleven. Should Wayne Rooney be at the centre of a three pronged attack? Should Wayne Rooney even start?

That of course is a question that doesn’t need answering. Rooney will be there, as captain, and leading the line. It’s likely Roy Hodgson will take four strikers with him, with Walcott, Sterling, and a number of other wingers able to provide backup.

Here’s who we think is in with a chance of scoring the goals for England…

Wayne Rooney

He’s the England captain, and England’s all-time record scorer. Of course Wayne Rooney will be leading the line for England, carrying the hopes of a nation on his shoulders.

It’s been a while since the Manchester United man had a good tournament so he’s a lot to make up for in France. But if one man can it’s Rooney.

With so many young strikers coming through it could well be Rooney’s last major tournament as the leading man, it’ll certainly be his last European Championships, so he’ll be looking to go out with a bang, and we certainly hope he does.

Harry Kane

Over the last two season Harry Kane has been sensational. We’ve unearthed England’s next out-and-out goalscorer and he’ll certainly be around for a number of years to come.

The Euros will be his first tournament and Hodgson would be stupid not to utilise his remarkable talents. We hope to see him standing alongside Rooney, because goals are almost guaranteed with this young man.

Daniel Sturridge

12 months ago there would be no debate as to whether Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge would be going to the European Championship’s or not. It would be an astounding yes. However, plagued by injuries, he’s dropped down the pecking order slightly with Kane and Vardy coming into the fold.

Injury has plighted his season so far, and rumours have even circulated that Liverpool may sell the star, but if he’s fit Sturridge is a real weapon who can be prolific.

Danny Welbeck

Another man who has been unfortunate with injury, Danny Welbeck is almost back to fitness and will be like a new signing for Arsenal when he returns, but can he find enough form in the latter stages of the season to be in with a chance of making the England squad?

The manager appears to be a fan of Welbeck and his record can’t be argued with scoring 14 goals in 33 games for his nation. He’s scored some important ones too. We’d love to see the Arsenal man there.

Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy burst onto the season this season, breaking records and taking Leicester to the dizzy heights of top of the league in November, rightfully earning an England call.

His reputation is getting stronger and stronger and despite many thinking he’d drop off as the season went on he’s still there and at the top of the goal-scoring charts. He’s a shoe-in for a call up, and perhaps even the Player of the Year award.

Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll hasn’t played for England since October 2012, but he certainly offers something different to the squad which could be used during the summer. His height and ability to win headers could mean he’s the perfect man to come on and help England see out a game, holding the ball up at the right end of the pitch.

Of course he’ll have to start impressing again in the Premier League again. Injuries have meant the Geordie has struggled, but if he makes a big contribution to the rest of West Ham’s season, it’ll certainly pose Hodgson a question or two.

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