Kane v Vardy, Rooney and Sturridge: World Cup legend names top dog
By Coral Barry
Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy deserve to be the first-choice strikers when England travel to the European Championships in June according to Sir Geoff Hurst.
Hurst, who was part of the 1966 World Cup winning England team, believes Wayne Rooney should be dropped in favour for the Premier League’s top scorers.
Kane and his Leicester rival have scored 40 league goals between them this season with the Tottenham striker currently winning the battle with 21 strikes to Vardy’s 19.
Hurst has suggested the two strikers have done more than enough to be England’s starting hitmen and has urged Roy Hodgson to forgo his unrelenting faith in captain Rooney.
“I’d go with the two front players who have had fantastic seasons – Vardy and Kane,” said Hurst speaking to TalkSport’s Alan Brazil Sport Breakfast show. “They deserve to be in the team and deserve their chance.
“I’m not sure whether you can play both of them together, but surely one of them deserves it.”
Away from the international stage, Kane and Vardy are attempting to fire their respective teams to the league title.
Kane’s Tottenham are five points behind Vardy’s Leicester in the most unpredictable and incredible Premier League season to date.
Their remarkable seasons has coincided with England’s bid to win their first ever Euros in the summer whereas Rooney has suffered a campaign wrecked by injury and patchy form.
Rooney has just seven league goals this season and has not featured for Manchester United since the 2-1 defeat to Sunderland on the 13th of February.
Hurst scored a sensational hat-trick to ensure England lifted the 1966 World Cup, but he has admitted he would find it hard to choose between Vardy and Kane.
The West Ham legend said: “If you’ve got two players like that you could try to be clever and substitute them, give one guy a really good run and stick the other one on for the last half-hour if you need to.
“But Vardy and Kane deserve to be in the team, it’s as simple as that. Their performances have been fantastic this season, they’re scoring goals like nobody’s business.”
In other Tottenham news, Dele Alli has insisted Spurs are not worried by Leicester’s excellent form.