Eng­land strik­ing the right note ahead of Euros

Is the skip­per even Eng­land’s fourth-best striker?

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Mike Star­ling @mike­js­tar­ling mike@7days.ae

Eng­land’s 3-2 win over Ger­many was im­pres­sive - but let’s not get car­ried away in the lead-up to this sum­mer’s Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in France.

Yes, it was a ter­rific come­back win against the world cham­pi­ons and there were a lot of pos­i­tives to take away from the game, but to sug­gest that Eng­land could now win the Euros on the back of one good game is just set­ting our­selves up for fail­ure. As usual.

As an Eng­land fan I’ve been here time and time again: the team plays well in the run-up to a ma­jor cham­pi­onship only to be leave sob­bing into our tea af­ter the inevitable penalty shootout loss against the Ger­mans or Por­tuguese.

With that in mind, let’s just stick to the main pos­i­tive from Satur­day’s match in Ber­lin; the goals scored by Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane.

Both goals were world-class and the turn by Kane was just mag­nif­i­cent. It was a per­fect trib­ute to Jo­han Cruyff who passed away last week. Then the skill shown by Vardy for his back-heel flick fin­ish not only proved that the fly­ing fox is red-hot inside the box, but he can pro­duce the ‘ex­tra­or­di­nary’. That’s ex­actly what is needed at in­ter­na­tional level.

The duo are driv­ing Le­ices­ter City and Tot­ten­ham in the Premier League ti­tle race and on cur­rent form alone they should be the first-choice strik­ers in Roy Hodg­son’s squad for the Euros. There is one mi­nor prob­lem though: Wayne Rooney. The cur­rent Eng­land skip­per and all-time lead­ing scorer has al­ways been Roy’s main man. Un­for­tu­nately for the Manch­ester United star I just don’t think he’s as good as the other op­tions out there. Kane and Vardy have to be def­i­nite picks for the squad so that leaves only two other spots for out-and-out strik­ers.

If that’s the case then I would choose Danny Wel­beck and Daniel Stur­ridge as well, fit­ness de­pend­ing for those two ob­vi­ously.

Other for­ward op­tions could then come from the wide po­si­tions, namely Ra­heem Ster­ling or Theo Wal­cott.

Even with my dodgy maths skills, five does not go into four. So that would leave Cap­tain Rooney watch­ing the games on the box back in Manch­ester.

How­ever, I just don’t think Hodg­son has it in him to do this. If Roy’s in charge, Rooney will get a seat on the plane.

If Eng­land are to do well in France then they have to play with pace and un­pre­dictabil­ity. This is what Kane and Vardy of­fer and to an ex­tent Wel­beck and Stur­ridge. Rooney is just too pre­dictable.

Don’t think that I am not a fan of Rooney, I am, but he just would not be my pick for the squad.

For years, Eng­land fans have been seek­ing ex­cit­ing, new blood and with Kane and Vardy we are get­ting that. Plus with the likes of Dele Alli, Ross Barkley and Eric Dier also com­ing through the fu­ture is bright for Eng­land.

I just hope Hodg­son does not re­vert back to the old guard. Take a chance, Roy.

SHARP SHOOT­ERS: Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy

(be­low) were on tar­get in Eng­land’s 3-2 vic­tory against

Ger­many in Ber­lin

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