Lead­ing the line Ver­dicts on where Eng­land for­wards stand in the Euro 2016 peck­ing or­der by Alan Smith

The Daily Telegraph - Total Football - - TOTAL FOOTBALL - It is all too easy to dis­miss the qual­i­ties of Rooney (right). Still has plenty to of­fer, not least the mo­ti­va­tion, you would imag­ine, to shine in a tour­na­ment for the first time since 2004. Must get him­self fit and per­form­ing for Manch­ester United. Verdi

Wayne Rooney

Harry Kane Since scor­ing on his de­but af­ter 79 sec­onds, the Tot­ten­ham man has looked both com­fort­able and dan­ger­ous enough to sug­gest he can go on to score an aw­ful lot more. Not only that, a pow­er­ful frame, sound touch and good aware­ness al­lows him to lead the line ef­fec­tively. Stands as his coun­try’s most re­li­able cen­tre-for­ward in terms of of­fer­ing a goal threat and fo­cal point for at­tacks.

Ver­dict Def­i­nitely go­ing and will prob­a­bly start.

Jamie Vardy Bears the look of an im­pact sub­sti­tute more than starter. That raw pace, hunger and qual­ity, as shown against Ger­many, could prove a dev­as­tat­ing weapon in a game’s fi­nal quar­ter. As legs start to tire, he would be a night­mare to han­dle. There is also a fair chance that, if se­lected, he would travel to France as a Premier League cham­pion, which should gen­er­ate even more self-be­lief.

Ver­dict Im­pos­si­ble to ig­nore. Euros be­ware.

Danny Wel­beck A favourite of Hodg­son’s, Wel­beck (right) has re­turned af­ter a long in­jury lay-off to put in some im­pres­sive per­for­mances for Arse­nal. His ver­sa­til­ity makes him a valu­able mem­ber of this squad. Pre­pared to shut­tle up and down the flank in a 4-3-3, his mar­vel­lous scor­ing ra­tio for Eng­land must count for a great deal.

Ver­dict Should make the squad.

Daniel Stur­ridge In terms of pure ta­lent, few can match a for­ward blessed with daz­zling ball con­trol and clin­i­cal fin­ish­ing skills. The big doubt re­mains his fit­ness record. Will he be avail­able? If he is, it would be hard to leave out some­one ca­pa­ble of de­cid­ing a tight tus­sle with a bit of magic.

Ver­dict If fit and in form, must travel.

Theo Wal­cott Of this six, the Arse­nal man’s coat hangs on the shaki­est peg. Much could change, of course, be­tween now and May but, for the mo­ment, Wal­cott is not do­ing enough to get a game for his club never mind find a place on that flight to France. More dis­cour­ag­ing still, his blis­ter­ing pace used to of­fer some­thing dif­fer­ent in the squad. Vardy’s emer­gence, how­ever, has put an end to that.

Ver­dict As things stand, can­not be picked.

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