Meet the strikers knocking on the door for an England call-up
Nick Murphy | 8 November 2018
Three Premier League stars to tempt Southgate?
Jamie Vardy’s international retirement has left the door open in the England set up. Plenty of youngsters are coming through. But there’s still room for an experienced striker to join Harry Kane and co. in the forward line-up.
Callum Wilson, Glenn Murray and Danny Ings are the three names at the front of the queue, should Gareth Southgate opt to mix up his squad. And we’ve run the rule over their chances.
Callum Wilson (4/6 for England call-up)
AFC Bournemouth man Wilson is the Premier League’s joint-top scoring Englishman this season with six goals. That’s the same as Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane. But it’s not just his exploits in front of goal which make his game so impressive.
It’s his all-round play, too. Wilson has contributed four assists this term, meaning his goal involvement for the Cherries stands at 50%. He’s an intelligent player who makes clever runs. That lends itself well to the international game and the way Southgate likes to play.
His ability to work in a one up-top also marks him out as an ideal understudy to Kane. And after recovering from a pair of long-term cruciate ligament injuries, there’s no doubting he has the mentality to make it on the international scene.
Glenn Murray (10/1 for England call-up)
A call-up for Murray would represent a similar approach to that employed by Roy Hodgson when selecting Rickie Lambert. The 35-year-old striker may be getting on, but he offers something completely different to any other forward option – namely a physical presence.
It’s that presence, combined with his canniness against opposition defenders and a clinical eye for goal which make him so effective. Six goals for a Brighton & Hove Albion side that are the division’s lowest shooters – just 86 so far – is an excellent return.
He may not be the most attractive player to watch, but there’s a lot to be said about what Murray brings to a squad. In a team full of youngsters, his experience and ability to give advice could be an attractive proposition for Southgate.
Danny Ings (4/1 for England call-up)
It’s just over three years since Ings made his last appearance for the Three Lions. He came on as a 59th minute substitute for Kane in a 3-0 win over Lithuania in Vilnius. Both strikers’ careers have taken slightly different trajectories since that European Championship qualifier.
But after recovering from injury and finding his feet again at Southampton, the signs suggest Ings might just be getting back to what he was. Five goals in 11 matches is a decent return for a side struggling at the bottom, at any rate.
The 26-year-old is a technically gifted player and crucially a nice passer of the ball. He creates plenty of space for himself and his teammates, while also looking formidable on the counter-attack. Add in his potency in-front of goal and he makes an ideal player in England’s current set-up.
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