Roy Hodgson confident on Improvement of Strickers Quality

  • Posted on: 4 March 2015

Roy Hodgson says that the quality of strikers available at his disposal has improved substantially from the time when he took over from Fabio Capello in 2012. Back then, England have only a limited choice when it came to top-class strikers.

This largely included Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge, but now the poor has increased to such an extent that Hodgson may have to drop some of the better performing players. Speaking at a recent event, the England manager said that the likes of Charlie Austin and Harry Kane provide him with a huge selection headache ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifiers against Lithuania.

It is almost certain that Tottenham forward Harry Kane will be included in the squad, but that would mean that the likes of Austin will have to wait longer for the England debut. The QPR forward has surprised many by scoring 13 goals with a team that is just above the relegation zone on goal difference.Kane, meanwhile, was forced to wait for his first opportunities in the Premier League, but he has been showing his class of late. The England under 21 player is already up to 13 league goals for the campaign. Three out of the top six goalscorers in the Premier League are English.

“We think back two or three years when I started but up front we didn’t have enormous depth.We saw quite a few youngsters but not that many. Charlie Austin? He's done very well. You have to wait until the 19th to see if I pick him, as well as Berahino. I really do admire them all.Harry Kane? He is an all-round centre forward, can play right up there against a centre back, or come off and see a pass.He's got technique, he’s always looking to get on the end of crosses, that header against Arsenal was a really classy header,” said Hodgson.