There certainly seems to be a lack of options available in the striking department to England manger Roy Hodgson.
With the likes of Rickie Lambert being selected on a regular basis despite limited appearances for Liverpool, perhaps Hodgson should look at different options in a bid to get more goals from his Three Lions.
There are plenty of talented strikers around who haven’t yet won a cap for England, here are the best four of them who we at FFC Towers think are in with a shout…
21-year old West Brom striker Saido Berahino is a player on Hodgson’s radar. The under 21 international was called up to the senior squad last month for the matches against Slovenia and Scotland, but didn’t feature in either fixture.
He has impressed a lot of people so far this season, scoring seven in 17 Premier League matches. Lately he hasn’t been as successful in front of goal but he is still learning his trade at West Brom and would a player for the long-term future with England.
He has a great record at the under-21 level with nine goals in 13 matches and with a great eye for goal and bundles of pace, it can’t be too long until he gets his first cap for Hodgson’s side.
Another option is a fellow under-21 international in Tottenham striker Harry Kane. The 21-year-old is enjoying a breakthrough season at Spurs with 13 goals in 22 appearances – although only three have come in the Premier League.
A player who can play in a number of roles up front, he is still trying to become a regular for Tottenham in the league. He has looked great in front of goal for the under 21s aswell with eight goals coming in ten caps.
Another young striker with plenty of potential, it would be useful for Hodgson to keep an eye on him as new blood might be needed for any England success.
QPR striker Charlie Austin is having a great season so far in his first campaign in the Premier League. The 25-year-old is the only player in this list with no experience at any of the international age groups but is someone with a great scoring record, which always makes him a threat.
This season he has scored 11 times in 15 Premier League outings in a struggling side, scoring around half the team’s goals. He has the kind of work rate and finishing abilities that would make him an asset for England and if he continues to score goals in the league then it would be hard to Hodgson to ignore.
Perhaps the most left field option in this list but 22-year-old Burnley striker Danny Ings has impressed so far this season. He has four goals in 14 league appearances in another struggling team, with an all round game up front that makes him a talent for the future.
He is a goalscorer that can also drop back to be more of a second striker if needed but certainly provides plenty of options to his manager. Ings is another player who is a part of the talented under-21 strike force, scoring four in seven.
Maybe he needs more development at the top level before being considered for England’s senior squad but he is definitely a name for the future.