What happens to England's attack after another injury?

Southgate's Injury Hell

Gareth Southgate has completely transformed the England national team in both style of play and culture. Now, the proud Englishman has installed a new faith across the country that football may genuinely, one day, be coming home under his leadership.

However, just when it looked as if the this dream could become a reality, his squad has been cursed with injuries, especially in the attack. Over the past three weeks, both in-form forwards Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford have been struck with problems that will see them out for some time.

Now, after the draw between Chelsea and Arsenal, England's backup striker Tammy Abraham limped off the pitch causing further concern for the boss. In total, the three injured stars have 51 goals in 87 games so far, which only justifies England's promise going into the Euro's.

Plenty Of Time To Adapt

As is the case, there will be enough opportunities and time for Southgate to adapt and plan his attack from now until the summer. In March, England face off with the rejuvenated Italy, who won all 10 matches in the qualifiers, boasting the second best goal difference with +33.

In truth, other than Belgium and perhaps England, the Italians have been without a doubt the most threatening team this past year in Europe. Now, with the two set to clash in a friendly on March 27, Southgate has a fantastic chance to see who will be his main man going forward.

Four days later, the 2018 World Cup semi-finalists meet Denmark at Wembley, who are no easy pushover and will once again be a test. After these two games, England will get one more opportunity to test their squad, facing off with Austria and Romania before Euro 2020.

Ings or Calvert-Lewin?

Kane will certainly not make it to the March fixtures and Rashford will most likely still be sidelined, although Abraham could be back by then. However, going into the March international break, it currently looks as if Danny Ings and Dominic Calvert-Lewin could lead the line, should the usual names still be injured.

In truth, other than Sergio Aguero, Ings and Calvert-Lewin are the two most in-form strikers in the Premier League. The Everton forward has bagged seven goals in his past 11 games in domestic competitions, whilst the Southampton star has 16 goals in 26 games, including the 10 in his last 10.

Looking ahead, Ings is at 6/4 to make the cut in the summer, whilst Calvert-Lewin is 7/2.

Give Vardy A Bell

Although both the England outcasts are in great form right now, it is Jamie Vardy who leads the way in the Premier League Golden Boot race with 17. Indeed, Rashford is the highest-scoring Englishman in all competitions with 19, but Vardy and his magnificent qualities down the middle will surely be Southgate's priority.

But, of course, the 33-year-old announced his retirement after England's memorable World Cup in 2018. Since then, Vardy has continued to impress, scoring, so far, 35 goals in the past two seasons - only Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane have more.

However, Brendan Rogers has recently stated that the Englishman will not be making a U-turn on his retirement, despite his sensational form. Now, it's time for Southgate to give Vardy a bell and keep on calling if he doesn't answer.

In truth, the temptation for the Leicester man might be too much to turn down, with the prospect of European glory and leading the line so desirable for any striker.

Still the favourites?

Currently, England are the favourites to win Euro 2020 at 4/1, just ahead of the free-scoring Belgium who are 5/1 and world champions France at 13/2.

Although, if England enter the Euro's without their captain Kane and the country's top scorer this season so far in Rashford, things could change. For now, the Three Lions are the frontrunners, but things could be different closer to the time.

One thing is for certain: the Belgian's will be delighted right now.


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