As the season approaches its end, attention will soon turn to this summer’s tournament in France and the preparations of the home nations.
While Wales know Gareth Bale is their man to lead their country to potential glory and Northern Ireland rely on the team to make an impact at the tournament, there are more questions marks around England and what Hodgson will do with his side.
They made light work of qualifying, advancing to France after winning every game and conceding just three goals – so their Euro betting tips price of 12/1 to win the whole competition does make sense.
But we’re still no clearer on who will partner who in defence, what the best midfield is or what is the best formation to play.
Still, those are all just side notes on a recommended site in comparison to the debate surrounding Hodgson’s attack.
He’s played a 4-3-3 for the majority of his time in charge of the country, but it’s hard to believe he’d stick with that in France when he has so much talent in the striking department.
Wayne Rooney is the first and most obvious option to lead the line for the Three Lions considering he’s captain, finished qualifying as top scorer and has been the talisman for so many tournaments before.
But he’s also Manchester United captain – and despite having the honour of leading one of the world’s biggest clubs, he’s not had the success to go with that over recent seasons, particularly this term as Louis van Gaal’s men have struggled from one poor performance to the next and Rooney has found form and fitness difficult to come by.
Then there’s Jamie Vardy – arguably the English Premier League’s best player as he leads Leicester to the brink of title glory in a fairytale season. Not only has he been outstanding for the Foxes, but he’s made an impact for the national team too, scoring two goals in just six caps with the first coming in a hugely impressive away win over Germany and the second coming against Holland at Wembley.
Yet there are still question marks over whether or not Vardy can be trusted at the highest level given his lack of experience in Europe and internationally. He’s blown away Premier League defenders this season, but can he do it at a major tournament against some of the best in the world?
Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott, Andy Carroll and Marcus Rashford have also been mentioned for an England squad place, but they’ve all got plenty of reasons not to be taken or to be left on the bench.
Yet one man sticks out more than any to be the frontman every great national team needs (Spain aside) to be successful at a major tournament.
Think Thomas Muller for Germany, Robin van Persie for Holland and Robert Lewandowski for Poland – hell, even Robbie Keane for Ireland. Big teams need big players at the top of the park to win them games.
And Kane has shown enough over the last two seasons, at domestic, European and international level, to make it abundantly clear that he needs to be the focal point of England’s attack.
Take his club record first – he’s got 50 goals in 81 domestic games over the last two seasons, plus nine in 16 European games for Spurs. Rooney could only dream of recent form like that while Vardy hasn’t had the European experience or consistent goalscoring form this term to really rival Kane.
Then look at his international form – the Spurs number 10 has four goals in 10 games for England and was also on the scoresheet in their 3-2 win over Germany in March.
But away from his goals, he’s shown he can link up and take on the burden of being a sole striker in an attacking team. Rooney’s not played consistently enough this season while Vardy has usually had a pal up top in the form of Shinji Okazaki.
If Kane can go on and inspire Tottenham to the Premier League title then there should no doubts left surrounding his place as England’s star man this summer. Maybe then he can go on to add another trophy to his collection this summer. Hodgson, take note.