|(World Cup qualifiers) England strike force dented
England will dip into their pool of reserve strikers to get the goals against Moldova tomorrow in World Cup qualifying.
Forward Daniel Sturridge likely to replace injured Wayne Rooney.
If Sturridge does not come through, England coach Roy Hodgson will have to turn to the likes of Danny Welbeck, Jermain Defoe and Rickie Lambert at Wembley Stadium.
Whoever starts in attack, England will expect to rack up the goals against a team it beat 5-0 away a year ago ahead of a much tougher qualifier in Ukraine on Tuesday. Just three points separates Group H leader Montenegro, second-place England and the Ukrainians, who are third with four matches left in qualifying.
England's players come into the game amid fears of a crisis in English football because of a lack of home-grown players in the domestic game. New FA chairman Greg Dyke said Wednesday that “English football is a tanker which needs turning.''
A loss in Ukraine next week could even leave England in danger of missing out on second place and a spot in the playoffs.
It will also a big few days for first-choice goalkeeper Joe Hart, who let in a soft goal in the 3-2 win over Scotland last month.
Also tomorrow, Montenegro play at fourth-place Poland, who need a win to stand a chance of a top-two finish, and Ukraine will expect three points and a big victory at home against San Marino.—AP