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Which strikers will Hodgson take to Euro 2012?


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With Euro 2012 fast approaching it's coming up to the time that newly appointed England manager Roy Hodgson will have to name his first England squad.

We are just a week away from finding out who will make it into his 23-man squad following the news that the 23 names will be announced at 1pm next Wednesday.

The big rumour doing the rounds is that John Terry will be left behind. And who will get the captain's armband?

It is the strikers that perhaps pose the biggest quandary for the new England boss.

With previous managers such as Sven Goran Eriksson only taking four strikers to major competitions backfiring, it seems as if Hodgson will almost certainly include five in his squad, but who will he take?

Wayne Rooney is out of England's first two games, so who will cover the main central striker role?

Peter Crouch (pictured) has a great scoring record for England (he has a better international scoring ratio than Lionel Messi) and has had a great season for Stoke.

He would be an obvious choice, especially as numerous European defenders have struggled to deal with his aerial presence.

Target man

The second option for a target man would be Rooney's Manchester United strike partner Danny Welbeck.

Although he has limited experience he has been in good form this season and has shown great link up play with Ashley Young.

However, with the nation's hopes resting on his shoulders would his selection be premature for this tournament?

The third option is £35m Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, who since January has started to come into his own.

However, he hasn't scored anywhere near as many goals as he is undoubtedly capable of.

Graham or Holt?

If Hodgson picked a striker based on goals then he could look at either Danny Graham, who has scored 10 league goals for Swansea, or Grant Holt, who has scored winners against Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.

Apart from Rooney, he has scored the most goals from an English striker this season.

Other candidates are Daniel Sturridge, although he has played the majority of this season on the wing.

If England need a goalscorer Hodgson could take the proven Jermain Defoe, who has top level experience.

Darren Bent, who was unlucky to miss out on the 2010 World Cup, has been out injured for three months and may be ready, but not in form.

Bobby Zamora has had an average season but worked previously with Hodgson, which could work in his favour.

Verdict: Rooney, Crouch, Carroll, Defoe and Sturridge go to Euro 2012.

By Liam Hoey - Follow me on Twitter @LiamHoey94

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