Three of the four strikers for the World Cup squad are all but chosen, in Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Jamie Vardy, but there is seemingly one last spot is still up for grabs.
Gareth Southgate’s official 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be announced in mid-May, and there is bound to be a few surprises thrown into the mix.
Here is a look at the 9 players that could secure the last striker spot in England’s World Cup squad:
1. Glenn Murray
Brighton and Hove Albion centre forward, Glenn Murray, is the ultimate long shot to play in Russia this summer.
At a grand old age of 34, the Seagulls striker would become the second oldest debutant for the England national team.
With 11 goals already this season, and six since the turn of the year, he is the highest scoring Englishmen in the Premier League since the start of 2018.
The joint eighth top goal scorer in England’s top flight must be considered if the England boss is going on form alone, but something tells me he won’t be in contention come the end of the season.
2. Ashley Barnes
Premier League’s surprise package this season, Burnley, have a number of options when it comes to front men.
The high flyer’s top goal scorer, Ashley Barnes, only has six goals, but always seems to come up with the goods when it matters the most.
The 28-year-old, who was linked with a shock move to Chelsea in the January transfer window, has represented Austria at Under 20 level in 2008, while playing for Plymouth Argyle, but is still eligible for England.
3. Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the latest name to be thrown into the mix to get the last striker spot at the World Cup this summer.
The 20-year-old Everton striker has made 18 appearances for the England Under-20 and Under-21 squads since 2016, scoring seven times, including the winning goal in the 2017 FIFA Under-20 World Cup Final in South Korea.
With only four Premier League goals this season however, it would be an odd choice considering the other attacking options at Gareth Southgate’s disposal.
4. Danny Welbeck
At a football club with striking options like Lacazette and Aubameyang, it is no surprise that Danny Welbeck is missing out on playing time, and more importantly for him, letting his international place slip away.
Welbeck has five goals to his name this season, and with Arsenal struggling in recent weeks, form alone suggests Welbeck may miss out on the World Cup, despite his 36 games and 15 goals for England.
5. Andy Carroll
Carroll, who joined the Hammers from Liverpool in 2013, has had a number of injury setbacks including his current ankle problem, which has seen him side lined since January.
Despite this, West Ham’s front man was one of many players shortlisted by Chelsea in the January transfer window, even though being constantly hounded by his own supporters throughout this campaign so far.
The 6ft 3in target man provides a unique playing style, something that Southgate may decide to use in a ‘Plan B’ scenario, if needed as a last resort.
Andy Carroll’s last appearance for England was as a substitute against San Marino, back in 2012.
6. Tammy Abraham
The loan signing of Tammy Abraham from Chelsea in the summer, seemed to be a good one for Swansea, after his impressive 26 goal campaign for Bristol City last season.
Things haven’t worked out quite how many expected, as the striker has only bagged himself seven goals this season.
Carlos Carvalhal’s men have had a resurgence of late however, which perhaps can give Abraham that glimmer of hope he may be selected once more, following his inclusion in Southgate’s squad against Brazil and Germany.
7. Jermain Defoe
The experience that Defoe would bring to the dressing room would be invaluable.
With 272 career goals and over half a century of England appearances already to his name, the veteran striker could provide worthwhile wisdom for Southgate’s expected younger, less experienced squad.
However, having played only just over 800 hundred minutes this season due to injuries, and finding the net just three times, his campaign thus far doesn’t scream ‘get him on the plane’.
8. Callum Wilson
If one was to consider Jermain Defoe for a World Cup spot, then Callum Wilson must be mentioned too.
Bournemouth’s top goal scorer this season, with eight goals, spent most of the 2016/17 season out injured, but his manager, Eddie Howe, believes he deserves a place in the World Cup squad.
Wilson played for the England Under-21 team just once, back in 2014, but that is the 26-year-old's only England appearances, at any level, to date.
9. Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge gained plaudits by many when he took the chance to go out on loan to Premier League strugglers, West Brom, during the January transfer window.
With the aim of securing more first team football, the 28-year-old seemed to have made a good move, before picking up yet another injury which could see him on the touchline until early April.
Just four years ago, it seemed to be Sturridge who was the fans favourite to lead the line for the England national team for years to come. But now, he is likely to miss out on that place on the plane.