Five England call-ups: Kane leads line for new crop of forwards
England manager Roy Hodgson has plenty of young options to choose from when assembling a strikeforce for Euro 2016 qualifiers and international friendlies in the coming months.
Tottenham’s sensational striker Harry Kane leads the way for the new crop of forwards hoping to burst on to the international scene, but which Premier League hitmen will Hodgson call upon this year?
Coral football experts look at his options ahead of upcoming games against Lithuania, Italy, Republic of Ireland and Slovenia.
Spurs’ superb star man has had an incredible breakthrough season and provided the top-flight with plenty of great goals, with the 21-year-old proving to be Hodgson’s most obvious choice for an immediate international call-up.
Kane’s rise to prominence this current campaign has been spectacular, striking 23 times in all competitions and helping Mauricio Pochettino’s European hopefuls into the fray for a top four finish. The man who has been nicknamed ‘Hurri-Kane’ is 7/4 to score anytime against Lithuania next month, with a senior England debut looking highly-likely.
England boss Hodgson will undoubtedly have Kane in mind as his primary potential call-up, with the prolific poacher having also struck six goals for England’s Under-21 side. Tottenham are pushing for a Champions League spot and with their English starlet in fine form, they have a great chance of achieving their goal. Pochettino’s men are 9/2 with Coral to finish in the top four.
Burnley’s brilliant forward has been Sean Dyche’s key player this season, firing nine goals in his 24 outings, and grabbing the attention of many top-flight clubs.
The fiery frontman has already represented his country at Under-21 level and is set to feature in the European Under-21 Championship next summer, unless Hodgson comes calling.
In-form Ings was recently the subject of speculation linking him with a move to Anfield, with his contract set to expire next summer. However, Dyche’s dominant striker will be focused on helping Burnley beat the drop.
QPR’s ferocious finisher is another in-form striker hoping to fire his club to Premier League survival, with his London outfit dwelling helplessly in 17th spot.
Austin is the top division’s joint-highest English goalscorer, level on 13 strikes with Tottenham’s Kane, after a terrific term at Loftus Road.
Despite picking up a slight knock in his last outing, the clinical centre-forward is vital to his side’s chances of securing top-flight status, with an England call-up looking possible if he can stay injury-free between now and March.
West Bromwich Albion’s star striker has had a difficult few weeks on and off the pitch, but the young Baggies finisher marked his return to his side’s starting line-up with a goal in their recent 2-0 victory over Swansea City.
Brilliant Berahino has netted 15 times this season, following delightful displays at The Hawthorns, and is pushing for a call-up at international level this year.
The 21-year-old stunningly struck four times against Gateshead in an FA Cup clash last month, proving his emphatic instinct in front of goal. Hodgson could benefit from the Baggies star’s pace and directness, having been recently linked with a move from West Brom to one of the top-flight’s big guns in January.
Manchester United’s Wilson will be truly down the pecking order when it comes down to England selections, but if injuries are to occur then the young Red Devils striker could find himself gracing the international stage later this year.
Louis van Gaal has deployed the young attacker mainly from the bench this campaign, replacing recognised senior strikers Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao regularly and seeing plenty of action in his early Old Trafford career.
After scoring twice in his previous five appearances, Wilson could have forced himself into the fray for a potential England call-up for upcoming friendlies against Italy and Ireland. His side are currently fighting for an FA Cup triumph and are 5/2 to claim their 12th ever cup coup.