Football: Hodgson unfazed by England striker shortage
LONDON, England (AFP) - England manager Roy Hodgson has dismissed concerns about the shortage of world-class strikers at his disposal, ahead of Wednesday's friendly international against old enemies Scotland at Wembley.
Injury has robbed Hodgson of Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge and West Ham United new boy Andy Carroll, obliging him to award a first call-up to 31-year-old Southampton striker Rickie Lambert.
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney is also yet to play in pre-season due to hamstring and shoulder problems, but Hodgson cited World Cup qualifying rivals Montenegro as evidence that a lack of depth in the striking department need not be cause for concern.
"How many forwards do you want, at the end of the day?" Hodgson asked reporters in London.