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Next Friday, England will continue their bid to qualify for the World Cup next year against Moldova and then four days later they will face Ukraine in Kiev.

Many would expect England to easily beat these two teams but they must not be underestimated and they are crucial games which could determine the Three Lions' fate. If both are won, then England should be on track to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil but if they slip up then it could leave them in a very precarious position and qualifying may not be as simple.

This is why manager Roy Hodgson has a big decision to make - which striker should he chose? The formation he uses should mean that he will only play one up front. He has picked five recognised forwards in his squad who have all had England experience - some more than others.

They are Wayne Rooney, Jermaine Defoe, Rickie Lambert, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck.

Wayne Rooney - Rooney has been England's first pick for years now and has always been prolific in qualifying. However, he has had an injury hit pre-season which means he hasn't had much match practice. His lack of fitness could see him overlooked by Hodgson but he is still a quality player and is definitely in contention to start against Moldova.

Jermaine Defoe - Defoe has been in the England squad many times in the past and scored 19 times in 54 games for his country. However, he is yet to make a start for Tottenham this season due to the acquisition of Roberto Soldado and therefore he will probably miss out on the starting lineup.

Rickie Lambert - Lambert's first appearance for England will be one he never forgets as he scored the winning goal against Scotland with his first touch to clinch the game 3-2. He only came on halfway through the second half so he didn't get much match time but his impact on the game will surely give him a chance to get that spot up front.

Daniel Sturridge - Sturridge missed England's friendly against Scotland through injury but has rightly been given an England call up due to his impressive league form. Three goals in three games for Liverpool has shown his true quality and he could be the favourite to start against Moldova.

Danny Welbeck - Welbeck had a disappointing campaign last season, scoring just once in the league. However, he has already doubled that tally this season and looked a real threat against Swansea as he scored an impressive brace. Could this see him start up front?

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