Poll of the Day: Carroll or Defoe - Who should start for England against Norway?

Roy Hodgson's first match in charge of the national team is in Oslo and he faces a selection headache up front ahead of the crucial Euro 2012 warm-up match

Roy Hodgson faces a striking dilemma in his first match in charge of England ahead of their friendly game against Norway in Oslo on Saturday.

Wayne Rooney has been ruled out with a minor toe injury as the new boss looks at his other options going into the team's first two games at Euro 2012, during which the Manchester United forward will serve a two-game suspension.

Danny Welbeck limped out of training on Thursday morning as he continues his comeback from an ankle problem that he picked up during the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium on April 30 and is considered too much of a risk to play from the start.

This leaves Hodgson to pick from his two remaining striking options within his 23-man squad - Liverpool striker Andy Carroll and Tottenham forward Jermain Defoe. Both strikers have endured tough league campaigns for differing reasons, but Hodgson will be keen to take a closer look at the pair.

Carroll, 23, has struck just four times in the league this year for Liverpool in 35 games and has struggled for long periods with a crisis of confidence and various niggling injuries, but he has shown recently that he may be coming into form just at the right time with some excellent displays in the season's final weeks, most notably against Everton and Chelsea in the FA Cup.

Defoe on the other hand, has had an impressive season goals-wise, striking 11 times in the league and 18 across all competitions but has fallen down the pecking order at White Hart Lane behind the on-loan Emmanuel Adebayor.


So who should Roy Hodgson start with in his first match in charge? Should he go for the striker that is fit and firing but has trouble finding the back of the net? Or alternatively, the man who has struggled for first-team football for much of the campaign but knows where the goal is?

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