Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We're Bursting with Exciting Strikers Now, Claims Hodgson

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We're Bursting with Exciting Strikers Now, Claims Hodgson

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ROY HODGSON says he has more strikers to "excite" people than when England embarked on last year's World Cup campaign, giving grounds for hope ahead of next summer's European Championships.

Hodgson, who will leave out captain Wayne Rooney and start with Harry Kane in tonight's friendly against Spain, said the lack of options previously meant there was barely a selection debate before the disappointing campaign in Brazil.

He will experiment with Everton's Ross Barkley operating behind Tottenham's Kane and expects a strong counterattacking element to England.

Hodgson (left), who also has Arsenal frontman Danny Welbeck and Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge to come back from injury, said: "It's such a very different situation to the World Cup when we didn't have that degree of people knocking on the door saying, 'I'm your man', and people writing and pundits talking on television, saying, 'Hodgson should play this one, and that one'.

"It wasn't quite like that in the past because there weren't so many candidates that excited people. …

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