It’s been a fantastic season thus far from English strikers, with the likes of Saido Berahino and Dwight Gayle excelling for their teams. However, it has been the trio of Harry Kane, Danny Ings and Charlie Austin that have really stole the limelight this season. A combined tally of 28 Premier League goals and 41 in all competitions (including internationals) it’s no wonder why England boss Roy Hodgson will have a selection headache with the aforementioned players knocking on Roy’s door for a call up to the national team for the upcoming games against Lithuania and Italy in March.
Roy will have a very tough decision to make, considering recent England regulars Danny Welbeck and Rickie Lambert not firing on all cylinders recently. This surely presents the perfect opportunity to bring in some fresh English talent, who are currently the in-form English strikers.
Firstly we have Harry Kane, Tottenham’s new hero at the Lane. His energy and enthusiasm has had the Spurs faithful on their feet chanting ‘He’s one of our own, he’s one of our own… Harry Kane, he’s one of our own’. Fellow strikers Roberto Soldado and Emanuel Adebayor have not hit the heights that are expected at Spurs, and Kane has filled those boots perfectly. His deceitfulness was the undoing for both John Terry and Gary Cahill, arguably the strongest centre-back partnership in the league in a 5-3 victory for Spurs on New Year’s Day. Harry will bring lots of energy and work rate for Roy, something which hasn’t always been present with other strikers in previous England teams. 21 goals in all competitions this season surely means his name is one of the first in Roy’s England team for the March internationals.
Secondly we have Charlie Austin, who has been scoring goals for fun at Loftus Road in what has been a painful season for the R’s. Austin has played his way through the leagues and is rightfully on the edge of an England call up with his knack of scoring important goals and his ability in the air. The majority of his goals have come at Loftus Road, but he has notched at St.Mary’s and Stamford Bridge against two of the best defences in the league this season.
Finally we look at Danny Ings, who like Charlie Austin is scoring some vital goals down at the foot of the Premier League. His contract is up at the end of the season, and it has been rumoured that the likes of Tottenham are interested in acquiring his services, with the intention of partnering him up front with fellow Under 21 player Harry Kane, who he has built a promising partnership with at U21 level. Not only does Ings put the ball in the back of the net, he also has the ability to create chances for teammates, and with the highest number of assists out of the 3, his link up play is ahead of the game.
For me it is a no-brainer that for their goals scored, Austin and Kane have to be two of the first names in Roy Hodgson’s England team in March. The problem Roy will have is whether to include the in-form Danny Ings, or continue with regular Danny Welbeck who has notched just 4 goals this term. Welbeck’s versatility may be the deciding factor in who gets the final nod. You also have to look at both Kane and Ings going with the Under 21 squad to the UEFA U21 Championship this summer to experience the tournament lifestyle, and what it feels like to be away on international duty for a big tournament. This tournament experience could go a long way should England qualify for the 2016 UEFA Championship.
It will be interesting to see what comes of the March internationals, whether Roy will look for a change up in personal, and whether the current in-form players can maintain their impressive record thus far. I find it hard to imaging that the likes of Rickie Lambert, who has been limited to minimal playing action from the bench, to make the squad against in-form goalscorers.