England's centre-forward options - ranked

Ross Jackson
Kane is England's leading striker
Kane is England's leading striker / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

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

Nowadays, the pool of strikers at Gareth Southgate's disposal 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' 2022 World Cup squad.

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

8. Callum Wilson

Callum Wilson
Wilson has been out since December / Stu Forster/GettyImages

Had Wilson been fit for the majority of the season, he'd probably be much higher here.

However, the former Bournemouth striker had a lengthy spell out in the second half of the campaign, so getting back into the England squad any time soon will be tough.

7. Patrick Bamford

Patrick Bamford
Bamford has been unlucky with injuries this season / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

Similarly to Wilson, Bamford has dropped out of the England reckoning due to some rotten luck with injuries.

However, after such a fine 2020/21 season which saw him capped at senior international level for the first time, if he can stay fit the Leeds striker has a good shot of getting back into the squad soon.

6. Danny Ings

Danny Ings
Ings and Watkins play together at Villa / Matthew Ashton - AMA/GettyImages

Ings has finally shaken off some of that poor luck he had with injuries earlier in his career, paving out a good career with Southampton before joining Aston Villa.

His lack of goals at Villa Park has harmed his prospects, but he'll be back in once that composure returns to his game.

5. Ivan Toney

Ivan Toney
Toney has enjoyed a good debut season in the Premier League / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

Only six players have scored more Premier League goals this season than Toney (11), which for a newly-promoted player is excellent going.

He's uncapped at international level so far, but continuing his strong end to the 2021/22 season could change that.

4. Ollie Watkins

Ollie Watkins
Watkins has impressed at Villa / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

It seems ridiculous to think that just five years ago Watkins was playing in England's fourth tier.

The Aston Villa man has moved through the divisions with ease and is on track to add to his seven England caps soon.

3. Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Frank Lampard, Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Calvert-Lewin is another England forward who's struggled with injuries / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

Calvert-Lewin has been a regular in the Everton starting lineup for some time now but things eventually clicked for the former Barnsley man in 2020/21 as he bagged 16 Premier League goals.

Last season though, Everton were rubbish and DCL has been absent for most of it through injury. Better is needed if he wants to make the World Cup squad.

2. Tammy Abraham

Tammy Abraham
Abraham is enjoying his spell in Serie A / Giuseppe Bellini/GettyImages

Abraham wasn't getting a fair crack at Chelsea with Thomas Tuchel in charge, so he took a punt and went to Roma - and what a punt it's been.

He finished with 27 goals in all competitions last season and would have played a large role in March's friendlies had he not pulled out with an injury.

He's made up for that in the summer games though and is now England's undisputed second choice.

1. Harry Kane

Harry Kane
Kane is England's best striker / Matthew Ashton - AMA/GettyImages

Now we get to the player so far clear of the rest of his competitors that it's a little bit ridiculous.

Kane is the current England captain and is already eyeing up Wayne Rooney's goalscoring record for the Three Lions. He's only three behind and will want to have that record sewn up by the time he flies to Qatar - fit ankles pending, of course.