Gareth Southgate faces attacking injury crisis with Marcus Rashford, Tammy Abraham and Jadon Sancho major doubts for upcoming World Cup qualifiers… but selection headache could open the door for Patrick Bamford and Ollie Watkins
- Gareth Southgate faces an attacking injury crisis ahead of upcoming qualifiers
- England boss is set to name his squad for Albania, San Marino and Poland games
- However a number of key attackers are significant doubts owing to injuries
- The crisis could open the door for call ups for Patrick Bamford and Ollie Watkins
Gareth Southgate is facing an attacking injury crisis ahead of next week’s England squad announcement.
Abraham’s problem compounds Southgate’s concerns in attack with Jadon Sancho, Danny Ings, Harvey Barnes and Marcus Rashford all significant doubts ahead of Thursday’s selection.
Gareth Southgate faces an attacking injury crisis ahead of England’s upcoming qualifiers
Tammy Abraham (L) and Marcus Rashford (R) are among a host of attackers with injuries
Attacking midfielders Jack Grealish and James Maddison are also injury concerns.
Captain Harry Kane was involved in an injury scare on Thursday night after being seen with an ice pack on his knee after being substituted against Dinamo Zagreb, though the striker is expected to be fit for Sunday’s north London derby and England provided he comes through the clash against Arsenal unscathed.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin is also expected to be in Southgate’s squad for the games against Albania, San Marino and Poland.
The injury concerns up front, however, could open the door to the likes of Leeds striker Patrick Bamford and Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins, who have both impressed in recent weeks.
John Stones and Luke Shaw are both set for recalls for the qualifiers later this month.
The plethora of injuries could open the door to a call up for Patrick Bamford (pictured)