During the World Cup in Brazil two years ago, many questions were being asked of England’s forwards. Most notably of current captain Wayne Rooney.
Rooney has been a terrific servant to the Three Lions shirt and deserves to be his country’s record breaking goalscorer.
But as the years pass, more people are questioning his ability to play as England’s main striker. He’s only managed to find the net seven times in twenty-five Premier League appearances this term. In recent games Man United boss Louis van Gaal has decided to play Rooney in a deeper midfield role.
I’d imagine that England manager Roy Hodgson will also decide use Rooney in a deeper role, possibly as a number ten or in second striker type position.
With Euro 2016 just around the corner the question about who should start as England’s main attacker remains.
Daniel Sturridge got his chance in Brazil but since 2014 the Liverpool hitman has been out with too many injuries to cement his place in England’s starting line-up.
Like every football tournament, the Euros is a big field for the betting industry. Sites are offering great Euro 2016 betting odds.
If I was a betting man I’d stick a few quid on Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane being England’s centre forward for this competition. I’d also suggest that he could be amongst the competitions top scorers.
I think for the first time since Alan Shearer retired from the international stage in 2000, England have found a complete goalscorer.
The twenty-two year old can score from inside the box with a poachers instinct and he can produce piledrivers from outside of the area. He can stick them away with his right foot, his left peg and also with his head. He is a forward who is keen on accuracy, when you look at a lot of his goals you will notice how many times he aims successfully for the bottom corners of the net.
After a slow start to season, Kane has now racked up twenty-five Premier League goals and leads the league’s scoring charts one ahead of Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy, who will also be on England’s flight to France this summer.
Last season Harry managed to break the twenty goal barrier for the first time, with his twenty-one league strikes. So you can see that he’s improving as each season goes by and as he gains more confidence.
He also does it in Europe with nine Europa League goals in the last two seasons. For England he has a pretty healthy return of four goals in his first ten caps, three of them coming this season.
Harry Kane is a powerful striker, who can also make his own goals. His stunner against Germany in March was masterful, complete with his Cruyff turn inside the box that took two Germans out of the game.
With Daniel Sturridge coming back from injury, with Wayne Rooney’s invaluable experience and the red hot form Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane have been in this season England look to be heading to France with no goalscoring issues.
After Sunday’s injury, Arsenal star Danny Welbeck will have to be assessed to see if he is suffering from a serious knock that could keep him from competing in France.
But Roy Hodgson also knows that they have plenty of back up to call upon in an emergency with in-form Jermain Defoe, the emergence of young starlet Marcus Rashford and a big battering ram Andy Carroll waiting in the wings.
But when you discuss winning a competition like the Euro 2016, you usually need a complete squad.
England’s downfall this time around may come in defence. Are they strong enough and smart enough at the back to withstand the potent threats of a Germany, Spain or a France in the latter rounds? That’s debatable to say the least.
But with Harry Kane leading the line, I think he can at least fire them into those latter rounds. After that? Well that might just boil down to luck.