Looking ahead to this summer’s European Championships, Arsene Wenger has expressed his belief that Roy Hodgson and England have a remarkable array of talent to work with.
While they fell to defeat against the Netherlands, the Three Lions impressed during the international break, notably as they came back from two goals down to beat arch rivals Germany 3-2 in a friendly fixture.
While there are still many uncertainties about the makeup of Hodgson’s squad—with the England manager almost certain to have to leave some talented players at home—Wenger has insisted that the Three Lions have remarkable, strength, particularly in attack.
The French coach name-checked his own forward Danny Welbeck, as well as Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge and Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane, not to mention Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney, who played no part in the international break due to injury.
“I believe when you look at England’s potential up front, in a period when all my scouts tell me travelling across Europe that they do not find strikers or any central defenders… when you look at England: Rooney has not played, Sturridge, Welbeck, Kane,” Wenger said, speaking to Arsenal’s official website.
“They have absolutely unbelievable potential,” he concluded.
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Intriguingly, Wenger’s praise for England’s strikers completely overlooked Jamie Vardy, the versatile, explosive forward who’s been so influential in Leicester City’s rise to the pinnacle of the Premier League this season.
Similarly, he hasn’t even acknowledged the presence of Raheem Sterling—a former Arsenal transfer target—or his own player, Theo Walcott, who are both in line to feature for England in offensive areas this summer.