England face striker shortage

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England are facing a striker shortage ahead of tomorrow night's friendly against Holland, and potentially at Euro 2012, after Darren Bent was ruled out for three months.

Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge - with only four substitute appearance between them - look set to lead the line tomorrow as Stuart Pearce experiments with his lineup.

Meanwhile, Stewart Downing has backed his Liverpool and Carling Cup winning captain Steven Gerrard to wear the armband, with the 31 year-old the obvious candidate for the role.

Elsewhere Wojciech Szczesny says he believes Arsenal can now overtake Tottenham in the league in light of the Gunners stunning 5-2 victory over the bitter rivals on Sunday.


Today's transfer news sees reports that Manchester United are monitoring Porto midfielder James Rodriguez - the so called "South America Cristiano Ronaldo". (Metro)

Liverpool are lining up a summer bid for Barcelona and Mali international midfielder Seydou Keita, who is surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp. (Daily Mirror)

And finally, Andre Villas-Boas has hinted Porto striker Hulk will be his priority transfer target in the summer - if he is still Chelsea manager. (BBC Sport)

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