By Harvey Byrne

Andy Cole has claimed that Daniel Sturridge is a better option for England in the centre-forward position than Harry Kane or Jamie Vardy.

The former Manchester United striker won 15 caps for England, scoring one goal, but has suggested that injury-stricken Daniel Sturridge should be Roy Hodgson’s key man.

Kane finished last season as the Premier League top scorer proving doubters wrong that he wasn’t just a one season wonder after a stunning breakthrough season in 2014-15.

However, Cole believes that Sturridge has shown enough in the 25 games he played in all competitions in 2015-16 to become the main man for England.

“I know Kane has had a very good season and Vardy has had an unbelievable season, especially after he got five goals last season and 24 this year – that’s phenomenal,” said Cole speaking to Omnisport.

“But keep Sturridge fit and he is England’s best centre-forward. The goal he got in the Europa League final was majestic.

“The goals he has got for Liverpool this season when he’s fit – and also when he was at Chelsea and Man City – show that. There are not many centre-forwards who can do what he can do.”

Despite Cole’s claims, the last warm-up game against Portugal saw Harry Kane feature for 78 minutes before coming off for the Liverpool striker.

The line-up is expected to be close to the one Hodgson fields on Saturday against Russia, with Kane almost certain to lead the front line.

In other Tottenham news, the Londoners are ready to make a second striker swoop after holding talks with Vincent Janssen.