On a weekend where Harry Kane scored his first club goal of the season and Rooney ended his 999 minute Premier League goal drought, Daniel Sturridge was back with a bang as he helped a struggling Liverpool to three points against Aston Villa at Anfield. Perhaps it will kick start all three of their seasons in a bid to earn a starting place at Euro 2016.
Harry Kane had a magnificent season last year, after securing a starting place at Spurs from great form in the Europa. To score 21 Premier League goals after grabbing his first as late as November is some feat. Some of his performances in the throughout August and September have looked lacklustre, but alike many other strikers, confidence plays a massive role. Now he’s got up and running this season, he will hopefully rekindle that heroic form of last season – and let’s not forget how dangerous he came off the bench to transform England’s fortunes against Switzerland last month.
Could Daniel Sturridge start as England’s lone striker? Possibly, as he does fit into Hodgson’s current preferred style of 4-3-3, with much emphasis on counter attacking football. Despite being injured for most of last season, his goals against Aston Villa at the weekend were sublimely taken, glowing with goal scoring capabilities that are essential at major tournaments.
Clearly it would take something spectacular from Kane or Sturridge to knock Rooney off his 50 goal, record breaking and captaincy perch, but it’s not out of the question. Should both score 20 plus goals this year and Rooney continue to look stale in front of goal, Roy would surely have to consider starting the two of them.
Sturridge and Kane could be a deadly duo up top, with Sturridge looking hungry for goals and a lethal eye for goal, and Kane buzzing around the box, not only carving out scoring chances for himself, but for others. I think with a born centre forward to play off, Kane could reap the rewards for himself and the team.
Onto Rooney however, and despite scoring at the weekend, it was at home against an uninspiring Sunderland. What makes Rooney one of the best players in England is his vision, technique and passing ability, three important traits of an attacking midfielder, which is in my opinion his best position.
Looking forward to next summer, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that the England boss could find a way to play with all three, even if it does mean abandoning his current counter attacking system.