England begin their tilt at the 2015 European Under-21 Championship against Portugal on Thursday, and a look at the Football Fanager stats shows their strike force to be the best at the tournament, Sport-locker.net can reveal!
The Three Lions’ squad contains overall top scorer in the qualifying rounds Saido Berahino, PFA Young Player of the Year Harry Kane and newly-signed Liverpool hitman Danny Ings – and all three have the season-long club credentials to overshadow their Euro rivals’ forwards.
England’s biggest obstacles to Euro glory are Germany, Italy and Portugal and none have a player banging in first-team goals at the rate of the English threesome.
Their respective leading lights Kevin Volland (8), Andrea Belotti (6) and Ivan Cavaleiro (3) have scored less premier division goals collectively than the 21 goals Kane netted during the 2014/15 campaign.
The continental trio couldn’t match Ings’ 11 goals for Burnley or Berahino’s 14 for West Bromwich Albion, either.
Of the group, only Hoffenheim and Germany forward Volland (30) has had more starts than an England player this campaign – Kane managed 28 in his breakthrough season. However, the German still doesn’t better the 35 and 32 totals of Ings and Berahino respectively.
Palermo starlet Belotti, with a total of nine starts, is the only player who hasn’t featured consistently for his club this term.
Marc Saba, co-founder and director of Football Fanager, said: “English teams generally flatter to deceive at the big tournaments, but this U21 side could really fire in the goals with Kane, Berahino and Ings up front. The Football Fanager stats tell us that The Three Lions’ Premiership stars have the beating of their European counterparts.”
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Football Fanager’s Euro U21 striker breakdown – club statistics
|Player Name||Club Team||First XI||Substitute||Goals||Assists||Football Fanager Points|
|Harry Kane – England||Tottenham Hotspur||28||6||21||4||187|
|Saido Berahino – England||WBA||32||6||14||1||128|
|Danny Ings – England||Burnley||35||0||11||4||99|
|Kevin Volland -Germany||Hoffenheim||30||2||8||5||96|
|Andrea Belotti – Italy||Palermo||9||29||6||1||71|
|Ivan Cavaleiro – Portugal||Deportivo||27||7||3||3||48|
*All data correct as of 15th June and includes league appearances. More statistics available on the Football Fanager website.