Rooney and Sturridge Strike Partnetship…Will it Work?

Potentially "frightening"

Potentially “frightening”


The best two English strikers in premier league right now could lead the line in England’s crucial world cup qualifier against Montenegro on Friday night at Wembley. Between the two strikers nine goals have already been scored this season, with Daniel Sturridge the premier league’s top goal scorer with six goals to his name so far. The only time the two strikers played together was in the 1-1 draw against Ireland at Wembley last May.

The Liverpool man and one half of the deadly S.A.S partnership is in the form of his life, but we clearly saw the potential in Sturridge even whilst he was still a youngster at Manchester City, Chelsea and Bolton. The only problem is his arrogance and his I can do it all attitude, which he needs to drop. But since moving to Liverpool from Chelsea in January the strike partnership with Luiz Suarez has really brought the best out of Sturridge. As for Rooney his personal problems have been mostly off the pitch with rumours of a move away from Manchester floating around all summer. However this has seemed to who have made him want to prove a point to his critics this season, with notable performances against Bayer Leverkusen in the champions league and in Manchester United’s defeat at City where he scored an unforgettable free-kick.

But as far as Friday night is concerned if played together the Rooney and Sturridge strike partnership will have to work. Rooney may drop a bit deep as usual, with Sturridge always looking to play up top in an advanced position. Both are very skilful, can create and most importantly score goals. This could develop like the Michael Owen and Emile Heskey England strike partnership did, which lets remember was also successful because they were also playing together at Liverpool. If successful it will be truly great to see how this “frightening” strike partnership as described by England captain Steven Gerrard develops.

England go into Friday night’s game knowing that three points against Montenegro and a win against Poland next Tuesday will book them a place in next summer’s World Cup in Brazil. It will be a tough task as Montenegro have to avoid defeat at Wembley in order of having any chance of qualifying, and England’s last three games against the South Eastern Europeans have ended in draws. As for Tuesday’s game against Poland there are only two words that would scare any defence and they are Robert Lewandowski…  good luck England.

Listen to Wayne Rooney’s press Conference ahead of England’s last two important qualifying games.