Ex-England star wants front three against Italy

Former England and Liverpool forward Robbie Fowler wants Roy Hodgson to adopt a bold approach and field Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert in a three-man forward line against Italy.

The Three Lions kick off their World Cup campaign on Saturday with a tricky tie against the Azzurri – who knocked them out of EURO 2012 – and look set to use a similar system to that that has been on display in recent friendly ties.

Hodgson is likely to field Sturridge as the main striker with Rooney in behind flanked by two wingers.

That would see recent Liverpool signing Lambert dropped to the bench, and Fowler feels that England would benefit from being a little more adventurous and using all three players:

“I would play Lambert, Rooney and Sturridge as a front three.” He told talkSPORT.

“I’m old school. I want to win games playing exciting football and getting people off their feet. Roy as a manager in the past has not been like that and I can’t see him changing.

“It looks like he is going to play Rooney down the middle. I would have Lambert as the focal point and Rooney and Sturridge playing off him. That is the way I would go.”

Fowler also feels that Lambert would be the ideal man to bring others into the game as England set about securing a potentially vital three points at the first time of asking in Group D:

“Lambert gives England other options. Everyone wants to drop off and get the ball and there is no one behind the defenders. At least Rickie Lambert would stay up and the ball will stick – and that will give other players a chance to get forward.”


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