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No Rooney, No Bent. Who Do We Choose?

Wednesday 29th February 2012
It's safe to say England have been dealt a major blow with injuries. Rooney, a man who loves England friendlies is unavailable, while the poacher Darren Bent has picked up a worrying injury which could rule him out of Euro 2012. With Rooney set to miss the first few games, who can England turn to?

1. Danny Graham

Danny Graham was picked up from Watford for £3.5 million and has effectively slipped into Swansea's fantastic passing football. To do such a thing, a forward requires good movement on and off the ball, good vision as well as being clincial. His return of 10 goals so far this season is excellent for a player in his first season in the Premiership. If England are to play with players such as Walcott, Milner, Gerrard and Young around him, Graham would be able to pick up on through balls and crosses. In essence, he should be able to fit into the team's style without too many problems.

2. Grant Holt

A similar story to Graham, although both very different players. Grant Holt has the rare trait of playing at every competitive level in England, the only thing he is yet to achieve is to play for England. Grant Holt, like Danny Graham has 10 goals. Every single goal he has scored this season has been inside the box. If Downing and Milner were to start against Holland with Holt about, they'd have the perfect target man to aim for.

3. Daniel Sturridge

How has this lad gone without a call up? Sturridge had beaten off competition from Romelu Lukaku, Didier Drogba, Nicholas Anelka and Fernando Torres to start in AVB's 4-3-3 formation. While he has been frustrated playing on the left of the front three, he has still managed 9 goals this season. While at times he goes for the spectacular or dwells on the ball. His return of nine goals has been impressive. Full of pace and movement, he could give Holland a headache if he's given a chance.

4. Peter Crouch

How Crouch has gone without a mention is bewildering, while he has hardly set the Britannia alight, Crouch has a record of 1 in 2 for England. Often criticised for only scoring against the big teams, Crouch scored against France not so long ago, a good goal too. While he may never be a great club striker, surely he should be given the benefit of the doubt to continue his fine England goal scoring form?

Currently, England only have to choose between Frazier Campbell and Danny Welbeck, both are deserving of a call up and both should get a chance, but it must be remembered the game is a friendly. The result is mostly irrelevant, why not give a chance to unproven players like Graham and Holt, if this is too far a gap, then why can't Sturridge be given the same chance as Welbeck and Sturridge as a young English talent. Peter Crouch has performed for England, he'll never lose his tag for bottling out of the big games unless given a chance.

Let me know which of the four you believe deserve a chance, and if I've left a more deserving candidate out.
Tom Errington

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