By Tony Hughes
Stan Collymore has criticised the starting line-up for England in their World Cup qualifier against Slovakia, and said that Allardyce should have picked both Harry Kane and Daniel Sturridge.
Writing in his column for The Mirror, Collymore has said that the starting XI is “same old, same old” and questioned why 27-year-old Daniel Sturridge isn’t playing if England’s problem is scoring goals.
“I was hoping that he would pair Harry Kane in a two up front with Daniel Sturridge and let them forge the sort of partnership that used to be so prevalent in English football,” Collymore said.
“Cole and Yorke, Shearer and Sutton, Henry and Bergkamp… good forward pairings will trip off the tongue for years to come.
“Kane and Sturridge could be another, and I do hope that as the World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign progresses we get the chance to see it.”
Allardyce has made just three changes to the team that lost to Iceland at Euro 2016, with John Stones, Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana replacing Chris Smalling, Dele Alli and Daniel Sturridge.
Collymore said that Sunday’s game against Slovakia – due to kick-off at 5pm – would have been the perfect opportunity to put the two strikers together to show they can click.
“Instead, Allardyce has gone for Kane up top on his own and I have to say I’m underwhelmed at the line-up he has chosen for his first game.
“The big surprise, though, is that Allardyce hasn’t gone for Sturridge.
“He loves telling us what a forward-thinking manager he is and the challenge of working the Liverpool forward out psychologically ought to really tickle his fancy… All he needs is a manager who’ll give him his chance in his best position and then leave him there.”
Sturridge has had a frustrating start to the new Premier League campaign, as manager Jurgen Klopp has decided to use Roberto Firmino to spearhead his attack.
Sturridge missed the first game against Arsenal, was substituted after 65 minutes in the loss to Burnley and played just two minutes in the 1-1 draw with Spurs.
Before the Spurs game Sturridge had reiterated that he wanted to play as a forward for Liverpool but it looks like Klopp is yet to be convinced that he’s the man for the job.
In other Liverpool team news, this player’s agent said he turned down 13 other clubs to sign at Anfield.