The international break was a chance for some players to impress for their country and lead them to qualification glory.
For others, it was a chance for a welcome reprieve from the rigours of professional football, and it is those strikers that you should be looking at in Ladbrokes’ *Sharp Shooter promotion.
Danny Ings, Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino will all miss Jurgen Klopp’s eagerly anticipated debut for Liverpool, step up Daniel Sturridge.
The fragile striker missed England’s internationals but is available for the enigmatic manager’s first team selection.
Missing international duty gave the man who has scored 37 times in 57 league games for the Reds a chance to rest and folly focus on Spurs, and that should see the prolific front-man causing problems at White Hart Lane.
Gordon Strachan was being pressured to start the in-form Leigh Griffiths in Scotland’s final two Euro 2016 qualifiers, as the 25-year-old is the top-scorer in the Scottish Premiership with eight.
He ignored those pleas, only playing Griffiths for six minutes, and the Tartan Army won’t be able to have a trip to France.
The Celtic striker’s brief cameo against Poland was his only action over the week, and this lack of playing time should make him extra sharp for the trip to Motherwell.
Odion Ighalo has scored 21 times in 2015, making him the top scorer in England for the calendar year.
That puts him three ahead of Sergio Aguero, even with the Argentine’s five goal romp against Newcastle, highlighting the Watford man’s lethal form.
Doubters will argue that most of those goals came in the Championship, but finding the net four times in as many games shows that the 26-year-old isn’t having trouble making the move to the Premier League.
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