Roy Hodgson must pick Harry Kane as his leading striker for Euro 2016

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With Euro 2016 fast approaching, England's Roy Hodgson has a number of tough decisions to make regarding who he wants to take to France.

But none more so than deciding the Three Lions' strike force will be bothering the 68-year-old most, which is also central to most debates amongst fans.

However, there really is only one answer regarding who should spearhead England's attack this summer - and that's Harry Kane.


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Tottenham's so called 'one-season wonder' scored a brace against Aston Villa on Sunday to extend his tally for the season to 19 and keep his side well and truly in the title race.

His goals for Spurs this campaign - some of which fantastic - serve to justify just how vital he will be to England's prospects against Europe's best footballing countries.

Other contenders for what will likely be a sole striker spot includes captain Wayne Rooney who, although experienced on the international stage, has struggled for form this season, managing just seven league goals thus far.

The 30-year-old is his country's record goalscorer, of course, but it's worth remembering the vast majority of those came during friendlies and qualifiers, rather than during major tournaments (6).

Rooney's inclusion in France would undoubtedly be invaluable, but he's past his prime and isn't good enough to spearhead England's attack.

Elsewhere, Daniel Sturridge has an abundance of talent but injury has largely plagued his career in recent years. If he can stay fit between now and the end of the season, however, he'll run Kane close for the illustrious number 9 shirt.

Hodgson must also consider 19-goal Jamie Vardy, but the 29-year-old has somewhat gone off the boil in recent months and hasn't offered the same consistency for Leicester City as Kane has for Tottenham.

Similar to Rooney, Vardy must be included given the pace, power and clinical finishing he offers, but perhaps a role on the bench would be best.

Last to be considered is Arsenal's Danny Welbeck, who has an impressive record for England but struggled with injuries over the past year.

There's no chance of the 25-year-old displacing Kane, Vardy or Rooney, but perhaps a rich run of form between now and the end of the season can see him muscle Sturridge out of the picture.

England legends Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer both seem to be in favour of Kane leading the line too, with the latter recently insisting the 22-year-old could be worth some £80-90 million.

The evidence and backing is there for all to see - Kane is currently England’s best striker and their best chance of success would be with him up top.

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