England face two crucial World Cup qualifiers this week but will be confident of winning back-to-back home games with Montenegro and Poland given the fact that the Premier League's current top scorer is, for once, English.
That's a rare feat in itself, even at this early stage in the season, and indeed you have to go back to the turn of the century to find the last Englishman to have ended a campaign with the Golden Boot (Kevin Phillips with 30 goals in 1999/2000).
The man at the top of the pile at present is Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge, whose six league strikes in just seven matches have left England fans expectant and, for seemingly the first time in a while, a little excited.
The former Manchester City and Chelsea forward was forced to withdraw from Roy Hodgson's last squad along with star man Wayne Rooney and the prospect of both featuring in the same team is a pleasing one for the long-suffering Three Lions fans.
The England manager has stated that he feels both are capable of dropping deep to allow the other to push further forward but in reality it is the United man that is likely to drop off the front and pull the strings. Rooney has worked in between the lines of midfield and attack at Old Trafford for some time now, drifting across the width of the pitch to receive possession. Meanwhile, though by no means a striker who will solely look to play off the last man, Sturridge tends to move out to the right more often, allowing him to cut in onto his far stronger left foot.
The 24-year old has been in sensational form, with his six league goals coming from 22 shots at goal (at a 27.3% conversion rate). Only four players have fired off more efforts this season but Sturridge is on top when it comes to those that have hit the target (12).
He’s never been one to shy away from a chance to get his shot away, coming under criticism in the past for being too greedy, but his improving accuracy helps Liverpool fans to forgive and forget. The Birmingham-born forward's developing partnership with Luis Suarez has also certainly helped to dispel such concerns at Anfield, but he will benefit from having a creative forward of Rooney's ilk in support.
United's No. 10 has created nine chances for team-mates already this season and since the start of the last campaign only Juan Mata has picked up more assists in England's top flight (12). To have the chance to play that telling pass for a man in the sort of form that Sturridge finds himself in brings a potential for goals that just hasn't existed when Hodgson's side have lined up against opponents that possess any kind of defensive organisation (i.e. not San Marino or Andorra).
When you consider that Rooney has five goals in his last six matches in the league and Champions League, England are right to be confident of their progression to next summer's showpiece finals. For the majority of their campaign the England defence has stood strong and the partnership of Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill has been cause for encouragement.
However, the combination of the two forwards will likely be the key in the two upcoming matches, and with Hodgson's men having netted just three times in four matches against Ukraine, Montenegro and Poland thus far, the form of Rooney and Sturridge couldn't have come at a better time.
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Martin Laurence - @martinlaurence7