Why England have a striker crisis thanks to Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur & Leicester City stars

By Mark Peters IN General - 12:00 Nov 11th 2016

When England took Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Daniel Sturridge, Wayne Rooney and Marcus Rashford with them to Euro 2016, most supporters were delighted at the striking options available to Roy Hodgson.

Fast-forward five months and the same quintet are all named in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the games against Scotland and Spain, though the feeling surrounding their inclusion is somewhat different.

WAYNE ROONEY

Captain Rooney has already been named as a starter against the Scots, probably in the no.10 position, but he boasts just one top-flight goal so far this season:

Wayne Rooney
POS: FWDAGE: 31Y 0M
HEIGHT: 5FT 10INWEIGHT: 13ST 0LB
PL | Man Utd | 15/1616/17 | Man Utd | PL
GOALS
ASSISTS
GAMES
GAMES
ASSISTS
GOALS
4
AUG
3
2
1
1
2
SEP
3
1
4
OCT
3
2
NOV
1
2
1
3
DEC
4
1
4
JAN
1
2
3
FEB
MAR
2
APR
1
2
4
MAY
8
6
28
TOTAL
10
4
1

To be fair to the 31-year-old, he has weighed in with four assists, though the lack of faith shown in him by Jose Mourinho at club level must have affected his confidence.

HARRY KANE VS JAMIE VARDY

Messrs Kane (25) and Vardy (24) weighed in with an incredible 49 Premier League goals between them in 2015/16, but it has been a different story this time around:

Harry
Kane
versusJamie
Vardy
FWDPOSITIONFWD
23Y 3MAGE29Y 9M
6FT 0INHEIGHT5FT 10IN
11ST 13LBWEIGHT11ST 13LB
 
PL | TOT | | LEI | PL
06/16 - 06/1706/16 - 06/17
6
STARTS
9
496
MINS
PLAYED
801
3
GOALS
2
1
ASSISTS
2
1
OPENING
GOALS
1
1
WINNING
GOALS
1
HOME
GOALS
1
2
AWAY
GOALS
1
HEADED
GOALS
L
1
R
1
GOALS
R/L FOOT
R
1
165
MINS
PER GOAL
401
4
TOTAL
3

Injury has restricted the Tottenham striker to only six starts in the league, though he has hit the back of the net on three occasions.

Despite spending over 800 minutes on the pitch, Leicester’s lightning-fast centre-forward has only scored on two occasions, with his last goal arriving roughly two months ago.

DANIEL STURRIDGE VS MARCUS RASHFORD

Table-topping Liverpool are the leading scorers in the Premier League with 30 goals, but Sturridge has not netted a single one of them.

Jürgen Klopp simply cannot find a place for the 27-year-old amongst his swashbuckling attacking unit, so he has had to content himself with limited opportunities:

Daniel
Sturridge
versusMarcus
Rashford
FWDPOSITIONFWD
27Y 2MAGE19Y 0M
6FT 1INHEIGHT5FT 11IN
11ST 13LBWEIGHT11ST 13LB
 
PL | LIV | | MNU | PL
06/16 - 06/1706/16 - 06/17
4
STARTS
6
367
MINS
PLAYED
576
GOALS
3
1
ASSISTS
OPENING
GOALS
1
WINNING
GOALS
1
HOME
GOALS
1
AWAY
GOALS
2
HEADED
GOALS
GOALS
R/L FOOT
R
2
MINS
PER GOAL
192
2
TOTAL
8

Although the impressive performances of Rashford have helped to secure him a decent amount of playing time for Manchester United, he has mostly been deployed out on the wing.

Three goals represents a solid return, but his last strike came back in September when the Red Devils put Leicester to the sword.

THOUGHTS

It will be fascinating to see who Southgate chooses to play in advance of Rooney, with Sturridge and Kane likely to be foremost amongst his thoughts.

One adage that the England boss will have to cling to is ‘form is temporary, class is permanent’.

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