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Jay Rodriguez must go to the World Cup

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Jay Rodriguez must go to the World Cup as a striker and should be the first option off the bench for Roy Hodgson.

The Southampton forward has been in unbelievable form at club level this season, scoring 13 goals up front with fellow striker Rickie Lambert.

And he should definitely be on England's plane to Brazil, as one of the Three Lions' four strikers.

It is inconceivable - unless an injury rules otherwise - that Daniel Sturridge or Wayne Rooney will not make the plane and it is likely that two of Rodriguez, Lambert, Danny Welbeck, Jermain Defoe and Andy Carroll will join them.

Due to his January move to Toronto FC, it is unlikely that Defoe will make the trip, simply because he is not playing at a high enough level to test him ahead of the biggest tournament in the world.

Welbeck is struggling under David Moyes and is not helped by a lack of playing time. However, this could change due to the injury to Dutchman Robin van Persie and the Manchester United forward will presumably be begging his manager for more playing time in the coming weeks.

Carroll and Lambert offer something different to Welbeck and Rodriguez, as both are classic old-school English centre-forwards who specialise in knock-downs and good finishing. Carroll's comeback from injury has been fantastic and he will be hoping for another run of form before the end of May.

Lambert is also a good dead-ball specialist who takes penalties well and has scored many free-kicks throughout his career. However, this alone will not get him in the squad - England already have Steven Gerrard and Leighton Baines who can take set-pieces.

So, in my opinion it boils down to two straight choices for Hodgson: does his pick the in-form Carroll or his trusted striker Lambert? Then, the option between the more versatile Welbeck - whom Hodgson has played many times in his career as England manager - and Rodriguez.

For me, the first choice is too close to call and it will boil down to who finishes the season better.

The second choice is obvious - Rodriguez must go to Brazil. The ex-Burnley man can drop deep into midfield and play in the hole if needs be and he looks a fantastic option off the bench. He can be a real impact player, and his finishing is a long way better than that of Welbeck.

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