Wayne Rooney has been a dominant presence in the England squad since he made his debut in 2003 aged only 17. Last year he was named their captain, and recently scored his 50th goal for his country, making him the number one goal scorer in the England national team’s history.
Even though Rooney is still a top force in the team, there are some rising stars coming through the ranks who can certainly challenge him for his spot. The following are the five strikers who I think are definitely ones to watch, and will be making a play for his coveted England place:
1) Harry Kane
Harry Kane has proved himself to be one of the top English players in the country, winning the PFA Young Player of the Year last season. The 22 year old, who currently plays for Tottenham Hotspur, has had 4 England call ups so far and hit the back of the net 3 times for them. His scoring ability has been proven, with 21 goals scored for Spurs last season, and as he is still so young he has plenty of time to perfect his game. Spurs supporters have warmed to the likeable player, and I predict he will be a future star for England.
2) Charlie Austin
Queens Park Rangers player Austin was much sought after in the summer transfer window by a number of Premier League clubs, and even though he did not end up leaving QPR the attention drawn to him is bound to have caught the interest of Roy Hodgson and the England board. At the age of 26 he is slightly older than others I have mentioned, however his pace and style of play is surely worthy of more England call ups than the 2 he has received so far (where he did not actually end up being brought on to play).
3) Saido Berahino
22 year old Berahino has already had quite a few England call ups for the under-21 team, achieving 11 caps and 10 goals since 2013. The West Bromwich Albion striker has played for Roy Hodgson before when he managed the Premier League side, so he is already aware of his ability. He scored 14 goals for his club last season and has been credited for his capability to shoot on target from a distance.
4) Danny IngsIngs, who joined Liverpool in the summer after his contract at Burnley expired, has made 13 appearances for the Under-21 squad, and scored 4 times. Aged only 23, he is still young and has proven competent goal scoring ability at club level.
5) Ross Barkley
Everton attacking midfielder Barkley achieved his first cap in the England team in September 2013, and made a further 15 appearances for them over the following 2 years. The 21 year old has already been compared to England greats such as Paul Gascoigne, as he has a similar physique and skills to him. His ability to play in any position will also help him succeed in the national team.