England are scheduled to play a friendly against Germany on March 22 at the Signal Iduna Park, home of Borussia Dortmund. The Three Lions then host Lithuania in their World Cup 2018 Group F qualifier hoping to continue their undefeated run. Manager Gareth Southgate has some areas to address before making his selection and attack looks like a major problem.
We take a look at the possible options the England manager could look at when he announces his squad later today.
Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge is the joint highest goalscorer for England in the qualifiers with 2 goals. Sturridge though has spent most of the season on the treatment table and his return is still a doubt. His time at Anfield seems short-lived and that could also end his recent hopes of playing for England.
England would’ve loved to have Harry Kane in the form that he is in currently. The Spurs’ striker suffered ligament damage against Millwall in the FA Cup and it could see him out for 6 weeks. Kane was woeful under Roy Hodgson in the Euros, notably when taking corners for his side. Southgate would hope he returns for their next qualifier against Scotland in June.
England skipper and all-time top goalscorer Wayne Rooney could’ve been another option but his injury woes continue. Rooney will miss United’s Europa League clash against FC Rostov later today and Mourinho confirmed that earlier this week.
“Rooney is injured. He had some kick in his knee area, so he can’t even come out to the pitch. He stays inside the medical department.”
Could 34-year-old Sunderland striker Jermaine Defoe get a call for the Three Lions?
Former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp had an interesting opinion when asked if Defoe could be the answer during this injury crisis.
Kane?❌ Rooney?❌ Sturridge❌
— Betsafe (@Betsafe) March 15, 2017
Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford looks like the obvious choice after a remarkable breakthrough last season. Rashford scored on his international debut against Australia and Southgate looks certain to give him a go now. His cameo at the Euros where he made two appearances was marked with a lot of promise and flair, something that fans and pundits were quick to spot.
Once a name on everyone’s lips, Jamie Vardy has failed to reach the heights of last season much like Leicester. Vardy is a fiesty customer up front and there’s no debate that his movement is a concern for defenders. His dismal form this season has certainly placed him low in the pecking order for hi sir country. Vardy should still make the side though given the lack of players in this department.
Another name doing the rounds lately is Andy Carroll. The West Ham forward offers a different dimension to the game with his aerial presence. Southgate could look to use this quality of his when he chooses his squad for the upcoming fixtures.
Danny Welbeck could also be an option but his lack of sufficient game time with Arsenal does not help his cause. Welbeck has been pretty impressive since returning from injury and Southgate would surely have eyes on his progress.
It would be interesting to see if the England camp have a surprise in store for us when the squad is announced at around 2 pm UK time today.