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Roy Hodgson has a dilemma with Daniel Sturridge & Marcus Rashford

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Marcus Rashford and Daniel Sturridge are at the centre of an almighty tussle for Roy Hodgson's heart with both strikers vying for a place in England's Euro 2016 squad.

It was originally expected that Rashford would be one of the three men cut from the England manager's preliminary 26-man squad but his fine performance against Australia has shot him into contention.

With five strikers to choose from and Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Wayne Rooney all nailed on certs to be chosen, it remains a straight battle between the Manchester United striker and the Liverpool star ahead of the final decision on Tuesday.

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However, according to the Telegraph, Hodgson is seriously considering taking both Sturridge and Rashford to France in a move that will give him a huge variety in attack but could leave him short in midfield. 

Fabian Delph is already out having failed to prove his fitness but there is no decision on who the other two will be. Currently, the top candidates are Danny Drinkwater, Andros Townsend, Ross Barkley as well as the aforementioned strikers.

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Risky business

Allowing three midfielders to leave is a risk especially as one of those midfielders, Eric Dier, is expected to provide cover in defence as well. However, should Hodgson take both Sturridge and Rashford across the Channel, it would see captain Wayne Rooney drop into a deeper role for the tournament.

Rooney played behind Rashford against Australia and performed particularly well, scoring England's second goal in a 2-1 victory. He has played even deeper for Manchester United this season and also impressed.

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Fitness doubt

But while Hodgson is a big fan of Sturridge, he will not take him if he cannot prove his fitness. The injury-plagued star missed much of Liverpool's campaign with a number of ailments and could not play against the Socceroos because of a calf strain.

England players have been given time off until Sunday evening but Sturridge is understood to be training in a bid to convince Hodgson he is ready for action. 

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