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Barnes: England Need Natural No 9

Former Liverpool favourite John Barnes has stated that the current English national team are missing a true goal scorer.

Roy Hodgson fielded a striking trio of Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck but neither of the three is considered to be a natural goal-poacher.

Barnes believes that for England to be successful they will need a centre-forward who will grab the team goals but he did praise the current Three Lions attacking trio for their versatility and movement.

"They’re two good players (Sturridge and Rooney) who could play with anyone but I don’t think either of them are an out-and-out frontman.

"Before you had Bearsdley and Lineker or Shearer and Sheringham. You normally have one out-and-out striker and one who’s a number ten but both of them like to come short, like to go wide, so they play with a lot of movement.

"I think ultimately England will need to have a definitive number nine who can score goals. But at the moment with the fluency and movement those two are playing with, and you can add Danny Welbeck into that mix, you’ve got a front three who are very versatile and mobile without necessarily needing to have a centre forward."

The English take on Poland in their final World Cup qualifier on Tuesday and will hope that even though they do not have a natural number 9, their current striking trio will fire them to Brazil.

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