10 Outsiders Who Could Make England's World Cup 2018 Squad

9. Glenn Murray (Brighton)

Newcastle United's Jonjo Shelvey during the Barclays Premier League match at St James' Park, Newcastle.
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We all know that Harry Kane is England's number one man up front, with Jamie Vardy providing an interesting and reliable alternative, but who is our third choice striker? In past years, it might have been Danny Welbeck or Daniel Sturridge, but both have massively struggled for form, fitness, and game-time in the Premier League in recent months.

34-year-old Glenn Murray (pictured above playing for Bournemouth), on the other hand, has been banging them in on a regular basis for Brighton, scoring 12 goals in the top flight so far this season, on a par with the mercurial Eden Hazard and only a few goals behind the likes of Roberto Firmino and United's £75m man Romelu Lukaku.

Okay, he might not be playing at the same level as those players, but he's still proven to be a solid striker, capable of terrorising defences up and down the nation, and he does offer something different when compared to Kane and Vardy. Southgate claims to pick players based on current form rather than past performances, and right now Murray is the third most prolific centre forward England have. Will that be enough to get him on the plane? It's unlikely, but don't count the big man out.


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