Ferdinand worried by England's World Cup striker options

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Ferdinand worried by England's World Cup striker options

Ferdinand worried by England's World Cup striker options

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Les Ferdinand, who was part of England's 1998 World Cup squad, is concerned about the team's goal scoring threat ahead of Russia 2018.

Former England striker Les Ferdinand fears a lack of depth in attack could prove costly to Gareth Southgate's side at this summer's World Cup finals.

Kane absent for friendlies

With Tottenham star Harry Kane sidelined due to an ankle injury, Jamie Vardy, Danny Welbeck and Marcus Rashford are the only dedicated forwards in the squad for this month's friendlies with Holland and Italy.

Ferdinand expects Kane and Vardy to be the obvious candidates to start when England begin their campaign in Russia against Tunisia on 18 June, while he hopes Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana can offer a threat from deeper positions. However, the former Spurs forward admits he is worried by Southgate's lack of options for the number nine role.

"I'm not sure we have enough depth," he told Omnisport. "Obviously, the two outstanding candidates are Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy. Raheem is scoring goals for Man City but you wouldn't really have him as a striker, but there are other goals in the team as well.

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