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Hodgson admits to striker shortage

August 9, 2013
By ESPN staff

England coach Roy Hodgson admits his side is lacking in forward firepower heading into the international friendly against Scotland.

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Hodgson named his squad to face the Three Lions local foe on Thursday, as they continue to prepare for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and the Ukraine in September.

But despite naming Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck, Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe and Southampton’s Rickie Lambert as England’s forwards, Hodgson lamented he could not call upon a host of other attacking options.

“We are short of forward players in particular,” Hodgson conceded. “If you go through all of the candidates, you still don't get to more than seven or eight.

“Then you are talking about people who might not have played (for England) for a number of years.

“(England coach) Gary Neville was talking today about the past and reeling off the names of 10 or 12 class players who were vying for two positions.

“We are not in that position, we haven't been in that position and we are not likely to be in that position between now and the end of October but I do believe the players we have are more that capable of doing their job.”

Hodgson said he was expecting a tight affair against well-known rival but hailed the match as a chance to cast an eye over some of the countries lesser known players.

Hodgson named United youngster Jesse Lingard, Sporting Lisbon's Eric Dier and Southampton's 18-year-old left-back Luke Shaw in the squad.

“What a rivalry there has been. Scotland have embarrassed England on quite a few occasions in the past and it will be up to us to make sure they don't do it again on Wednesday night,” Hodgson said.

“It's a chance to meet these players and get to know them a little bit better because it is quite an exciting Under-21 group we have.”

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