With the 2014 World Cup, in Brazil, coming up next summer England's strikers must compete with the likes of Neymar, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez, Robin van Persie and Fernando Torres for international glory. 

Wayne Rooney, often thought as England's best player, has scored 36 goals in 83 games for his country and is guaranteed a place in the squad, but the real question is who will partner him up front?

The contenders are:

Andy Carroll

He had a decent finish to the 2011/12 season at Liverpool scoring in the FA Cup final with a brilliant bit of skill to get past John Terry and smash the ball into the net, and came ever so close to making it level with a powerful header on goal which was ever so close from crossing the line after hitting the cross bar. 

Carroll then had a good Euro 2012 campaign with England scoring England's first goal in the tournament, against Sweden, with yet another powerful header. 

Will the first-team football he is guaranteed at West Ham United develop him into a player that can play a crucial part of England's 2014 World Cup campaign in Brazil?

Daniel Sturridge

After a great few months for Liverpool, where he scored 10 goals in 14 games in the league, Sturridge has proven that he has the capabilities of performing at the highest level. 

He showed similar class whilst at Bolton in the 2010/11 season scoring eight goals in 12 games and for Chelsea in the 2011/12 season scoring 11 goals in 30 league games.

Danny Welbeck

After scoring some important goals for England in Euro 2012 it would be hard to ignore the Manchester United striker. 

Although he is not the most prolific striker, scoring only two goals in 39 games last season in the Premier League, he does score in important games, for club and country, such as his goal against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Also he often scores for England scoring five goals in 16 games, one of which the winner against Sweden in Euro 2012.

Jermain Defoe

As the second top scoring available striker, to Wayne Rooney, having scored 19 goals in 54 games. 

Defoe is an obvious choice for the World Cup squad as one of the most experienced players for both club and country. 

The obvious downside to Defoe is his age, as he will be 31 by next summer and may have lost some pace and stamina.

Theo Walcott

Walcott desperately wants to be played as a striker rather than a winger and with some top performances, as a striker, for Arsenal including a hat-trick and two further assists in the 7-3 win over Newcastle in the league. 

However Walcott has only managed to score four goals in 33 games for England, partially down to limited opportunities to play up front for his country.


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