Wayne Rooney: England have best strikers in a decade
Wayne Rooney believes England's options up front are the best for a decade
Manchester United and England star Wayne Rooney believes that England's current options up front are the strongest he has ever played with.
England face two crucial World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland at Wembley on Friday and Tuesday night with any slip up likely to see them drop from the top spot.
Ukraine lie just one point away from them and will gain an almost guaranteed three points when they play San Marino and look to pounce on any slip up from the Three Lions.
However, Rooney is fully confident that England can win the next two games and qualify for the World Cup saying the quality of England's forward line will help them on their way.
Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck, Jermain Defoe and Rickie Lambert join Rooney in the squad with the five of them scoring 30 goals for club and country this season.
Rooney told reporters: “Since I have been in the squad (his first cap was in 2003), it is the best group of forwards we’ve had in terms of ability goal-scoring wise and it is great (that we’re all in form).
“Lambert has come into the squad scoring goals regularly for Southampton and doing very well for England; then you have Welbeck, Sturridge, Defoe and myself.
“Jermain and I have been in the squad a bit longer and with Sturridge and Welbeck there is a lot of energy and can both score goals. It is a good blend of forwards.
“Sturridge has been in tremendous form for Liverpool this season. It’s great to see. He has been given a vote of confidence from his manager at Liverpool. He has trusted him to play up front and he’s delivered. I’m sure if we play together, we will try to link up and create.
“Goals is what it’s going to be all about. It’s down to the manager. He will set us up in the system which will give us the best chance to score. No matter who plays up front, we’ll all want England to do well.”
The Manchester United stalwart has also called on the experienced members of the squad to guide the team over the line knowing full well that Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, as well as himself, have a crucial role to play.
“We will need the experienced players" he added. "It’s going to be tense, there will be a lot of nerves and sometimes you can hear that in the crowd. It’s up to the experienced players to keep everything calm. We don’t want to be rushing things, we know we have to be patient.
“The likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick and myself, we have to make sure we keep that calmness throughout the team to help get the points we need.
“These are probably two of the biggest games I have played in for England for years in terms of importance and having to win to be successful.”