England's centre-forward options - ranked

Ross Jackson
May 2, 2021, 11:12 AM GMT+1
Watkins is earning great reviews at Villa
Watkins is earning great reviews at Villa | Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images

There was a time when England possessed an absolute embarrassment of riches in the centre-forward department.

Nowadays, the pool of strikers at the England manager's disposal certainly isn't as deep as it once was, but that's not to say there aren't some quality operators vying for a place in the Three Lions' Euro 2020 squad.

Let's take a look at who's out there.

7. Tammy Abraham

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Abraham certainly doesn't lack ability, though it's his lack of regular football that's likely to hamper his chances of a place in Gareth Southgate's squad.

The 23-year-old has just 12 Premier League starts to his name this season, though his six goals and one assist in said starts prove he's got plenty to offer.

But time is running out for him to force his way into Thomas Tuchel's plans. Abraham has been increasingly linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge and it may be the only option for him if he wants regular starting XI football.

6. Callum Wilson

The former Bournemouth man has struggled with injuries at times in his career but he's set to return against Arsenal in April in a massive boost for Newcastle.

Wilson has looked sharp this season when fit and was well on course to better his top-flight best of 14. However, his inclusion in the England squad may well come down to how well he performs in the Magpies' last few league games.

5. Patrick Bamford

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The Leeds man recently admitted he'd have scoffed at suggestions he could receive an England call-up at the start of the season, but it's impossible not to mention his name given the campaign he's had.

14 goals and seven assists is some return considering the critics he faced prior to stepping back up to the top flight, though the returns have dried up in recent weeks.

There's still a few strikers ahead of him in the pecking order but it's not out of the question.

4. Danny Ings

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Ings is another who's suffered some torrid luck with injuries throughout his career, though he proved just how clinical he can be in front of goal when given a consistent run in the team last season.

The Southampton forward is clearly in Southgate's thinking having made appearances in the clashes with Iceland and Wales last year.

His league form this campaign has done little to suggest he shouldn't be in the squad this summer, but his latest hamstring injury - which could put him out of action for the rest of the season - hasn't done him any favours.

3. Ollie Watkins

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It seems ridiculous to think that just three and a half seasons ago Watkins was playing in England's fourth tier.

The Aston Villa man has moved through the divisions with ease, and he's already into double figures in his maiden Premier League campaign.

Watkins is the kind of striker whose all-round game is so good you could throw him into just about any side and he'd have an impact, and his ability to adapt to those around him means he should be under serious consideration from Southgate.

2. Dominic Calvert-Lewin

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin is in the form of his life | Michael Regan/Getty Images

Calvert-Lewin has been a regular in the Everton starting lineup for some time now, though his lack of goals has always been in issue - not anymore it's not.

Something seems to have just clicked for the former Barnsley man and under the guidance of Carlo Ancelotti he looks a completely different player.

The 23-year-old can be the focal point to a team's attack as well as being able to pick up scrappy tap-ins, and he's an absolute certainty for Southgate's squad.

1. Harry Kane

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Who cares if he only has one ankle?

Tie both hands behind his back and force him to play in flip flops - Harry Kane is still the best centre forward in England.

As long as his cardboard ankles hold up, the only thing more certain to be making an appearance at Euro 2020 is Southgate's naughty little waistcoat.

The Three Lions captain will be pivotal to England's chances of success, though the thought of him having to play so many games in the space of a couple of weeks makes our stomach drop.

Please don't get injured, Harry. Please.