My first question in regard to England’s next opponent is: have all the good Italian Strikers gone?

A country that has produced goal scoring legends such as Paolo Rossi, Toto Schillaci, Roberto Baggio, Filippo Inzaghi, Christian Vieri and Allesandro Del Piero are currently relying on the enigmatic talents of hothead Mario Balotelli, and Antonio Cassano, a player who despite once being the World’s most expensive Teenager has often disappointed on the big stage.

The truth is even at the age of 34, Udinese forward Antonio Di Natale is their most natural goalscorer, but despite scoring 135 times in 264 games for his club he has only managed 11 goals for the his country.

Compare these three to the list of industrious names that have gone before them and it’s clear to see in what area the Italians are currently lacking. Continue reading