POLL: Grant Holt should NOT go to Euros says England World Cup legend Sir Geoff Hurst

SIR Geoff Hurst has told new England boss Roy Hodgson to look beyond Norwich City striker Grant Holt as he assesses his attacking options ahead of next month’s European Championships.

Hodgson has today started seriously looking at his squad options with Holt mentioned in some quarters as England prepare for life without star man Wayne Rooney for the first two matches.

Hurst, a hat-trick hero of England’s World Cup-winning side of 1966, believes Hodgson should include a “traditional centre-forward” in his squad of 22 – but that it should not be the uncapped Holt.

The former West Ham striker said: “Holt has had a very good season and proved himself to be a handful.

“But if Roy wants to include a traditional centre-forward, which I think he should, I would go for Peter Crouch. Crouch has been playing well lately and he has that big-game experience.”


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Hurst, who admitted he would have gone for Harry Redknapp as England boss, has welcomed the appointment of Hodgson and called on the country to get behind the new manager.

- Sir Geoff Hurst, McDonald’s Director of Football, is urging people to vote in the 2012 FA Community Awards presented by McDonald’s. For further details and to nominate your grassroots hero now please visit www.mcdonalds.co.uk/kickstart

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