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Chelsea striker backed to lead the line for England at Euro 2012

Daniel Sturridge: Chelsea striker backed to lead the line at Euro 2012 readers and the bookies are united in the opinion that Daniel Sturridge is the man to lead the line for England at Euro 2012.

With Darren Bent out for three months with an ankle injury and Wayne Rooney suspended for the opening two matches, the next England manager will have to pick from a mix of inexperienced and previously out-of-favour frontmen.

Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge is the marginal favourite among voters on a poll on with 34 per cent making him their pick to lead the line at the Euros.

Sky Bet are in agreement as they go 8/11 for him to start in England's opening fixture against France, while offering 5/6 for Danny Welbeck, who attracts five per cent less votes in the poll.

Fraizer Campbell is the only other striker in the squad to face Netherlands on Wednesday night, making up a trio who have played little over 80 minutes of international football without scoring a single goal between them.


Neither poll voters or the online bookmaker see him as the answer to England's attacking problems, with just three per cent of votes and odds of 7/1 to start against the French.

Jermain Defoe and Andy Carroll are the popular choices of those absent from Stuart Pearce's squad, with 12 per cent of the votes each, and are 2/1 and 4/1 respectively to start England's opener in Ukraine.

Sky Bet still rate Bent as having a chance of recovering in time, making him a 4/1 punt, ahead of Peter Crouch (5/1) and Bobby Zamora (14/1), who have attracted five and three per cent of votes.

England are also still without a permanent manager and captain just months away from the finals in Poland and Ukraine, after the FA's decision to stand down John Terry prompted Fabio Capello to walk away from his post.

Sky Bet make Steven Gerrard the 11/10 favourite to skipper England in their opener ahead of Scott Parker (7/4) and Joe Hart, who has come in from 8/1 to 11/4 after being chosen to face up to the media in Tuesday's pre-match press conference.

Harry Redknapp remains the strong favourite to be England's next permanent manager at 2/9 despite Pearce (6/1) leading England for the friendly with the Dutch.

With Darren Bent injured and Wayne Rooney suspended, who should start for England at Euro 2012?

  • Andy Carroll
  • Daniel Sturridge
  • Daniel Welbeck
  • Fraizer Campbell
  • Jermain Defoe
  • Bobby Zamora
  • Peter Crouch
  • Other