Revealed: Who England fans want to start up front

Date published: Friday 1st April 2016 12:36

Wayne Rooney: Striker's England place under pressure

Wayne Rooney: Striker's England place under pressure

England fans have voted on who of Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney they want to lead the line at Euro 2016.

The March international break gave England manager Roy Hodgson plenty to ponder ahead of the Euro 2016 finals as the Three Lions went from the highs of beating Germany in Berlin to losing to the Netherlands at home.

But while the squad may be largely decided, there are still huge questions over the strongest team – the one that will start against Russia on June 11 – and particularly with regard to the strikers.

Who better to decide than England fans? More than 34,000 supporters have cast their vote in a 90min poll, picking who they think deserves to be leading the line for the Three Lions this summer. The winner might not be surprising, but it’s much tighter than perhaps was expected.

Who England fans want to start up front

For 35% of those who voted, it should be Harry Kane spearheading the English attack in France. The Tottenham forward scored his fourth international goal in 10 senior caps against Germany and is currently the Premier League’s top scorer with 21 goals.

This time last year Kane was preparing for the Under-21 European Championships in Czech Republic, but less than 12 months later he’s already the preferred choice for more than a third of England fans.

Narrowly behind Kane with 32% of the votes is Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy. The 29-year-old will soon have a Hollywood film made about his meteoric rise this season and scored in both of England’s games over the last few days.

Vardy has scored just two fewer Premier League goals than Kane so far in 2015-16 and could well finish the season with the trophy in his hands. He also broke Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record for goals in consecutive games earlier in the campaign.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is expected to be part of the squad after finally recovering from more than 18 months’ worth of injuries and related setbacks. But only 14% of fans would be happy to see him leading the line in France.

That’s fewer than Wayne Rooney, who was backed by 18% of those who voted. The captain is currently injured, but Hodgson has already confirmed he still has a major role to play this summer. Besides, he’s England’s all-time leading goalscorer after breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s long-standing record last year.

Jamie Spencer

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