England hit by striker shortage with No 9s set to dominate transfer market

“A lot of academy practices now can be possession-based games and don’t always involve a nine and create that way of playing. It’s something that is clearly being discussed across the world and not just in England.

“In terms of our group. Ollie Watkins, I didn’t mention him in the main press conference, but it was very close between him and Callum. Over the season, Callum’s performances have been just ahead.

“In this recent period of six, seven games, Ollie had a great period and then hasn’t scored for seven or eight games and then Callum has hit form just at the right time. Ollie was definitely one that was considered closely.”

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