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With Wayne Rooney missing through suspension, manager Roy Hodgson must choose between three players to lead the line for the Three Lions in their Euro 2012 opener

England go into their opening match of Euro 2012 against France without the services of talisman Wayne Rooney after his indiscretion against Montengro in the final qualifying game.

Since then, Roy Hodgson has stepped into Fabio Capello’s shoes as the Three Lions' new manager but he faces a big choice in his first competitive match. With Ashley Young set to continue in the second striker’s role, the former West Brom boss must choose which player to lead the line against Laurent Blanc’s side in Donetsk.

A debut international goal in England’s final warm-up game against Belgium last week make Manchester United youngster Danny Welbeck many pundits’ favourite to get the nod. But after some impressive late-season form for Liverpool, Andy Carroll could be the man Hodgson turns to for goals.

Alternatively, Tottenham striker Jermanjin Defoe is now back with the squad after attending his father’s funeral this week and would be the most experienced choice, having scored 15 goals in his 47 appearances for his country.

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