Ian Wright questions England’s striking options

Arsenal v Manchester City - The Emirates FA Cup Semi-Final
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: BT Sport pundit Ian Wright looks on prior to the Emirates FA Cup Semi-Final match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on April 23, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images,)

Football pundit Ian Wright has suggested to young English football strikers to move away from top clubs so as to boost other opportunities of representing their country when needs arises.

As England move their two international matches on a wave of optimism after an impressive outing during the 2018 World Cup in Russia where they made it to the semi-finals, a lack of striking options, Harry Kane, could hinder Gareth Southgate, especially since Jamie Vardy has retired.

Wright has questioned the strength of the squad if Kane is unavailable, citing the fact that Rashford is not even deployed as a central striker for Manchester United when he does get minutes.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 16: England manager Gareth Southgate attends a press conference to announce the England squad for the UEFA Nations League matches at Wembley Stadium on May 16, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Southgate is worried about England’s future

The national team manager doesn't like that the number of English players starting in Premier League games is going down.

“Are they going to play at the level in order to push the current strikers in the England team?

“We’re going to need these players to get playing and get scoring in order to push people like Harry Kane.

“It annoys me that Marcus Rashford doesn’t play down the middle. When he emerged, he was a centre-forward and scored. But as he’s got the pace and the know-how to drop back, he’s been turned into a winger. He should be playing up the centre. Rashford and even someone like Dominic Calvert-Lewin won’t play through the middle due to Romelu Lukaku and Cenk Tosun,” he told Sky Sports  The Debate.


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