Sir Geoff Hurst today suggested England are missing world-class strikers to support Wayne Rooney.
The World Cup hero admitted the lack of back-up to Rooney will be a “concern” for England boss Roy Hodgson.
Hurst, the only man to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final when England beat West Germany 4-2 in 1966, doesn’t believe the likes of Danny Welbeck and Rickie Lambert can fire the national side. “Roy said we are a little light in the forward department and there are not many who are playing regularly who you’d hang your hat on who would score 20 to 25 goals a year,” said Hurst, who netted 24 goals in 49 caps.
“That is a little concern for the national manager.”
And the 71-year-old admitted times have changed and Rooney – or anyone – would not have been selected for his country during his club problems over the summer when it was suggested he wanted to leave Manchester United.
He said: “One of the fundamental things from our time under Alf Ramsey was there were two provisos.
“One was there was no fighting over contracts and the other was that we were playing regularly. If players did that he wouldn’t be too concerned about their club form.”