England have plenty of goal scorers, says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes England can cope in the absence of injured duo Andy Carroll and Wayne Rooney

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes England have sufficient quality to cope in the absence of injured strikers Andy Carroll and Wayne Rooney.

Concerns have been raised over Three Lions’ depleted strike-force for their World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine in the coming week.

But the 19-year-old, who is in line to earn his sixth cap, is confident the Roy Hodgson’s squad can find goals from various positions during the absence of key men.

“We’re playing for England so as soon as you cross the white line, we all know we’ve got a massive responsibility on our shoulders,” said Oxlade-Chamberlain.

“But I think there are goals which can come from all over the team. Obviously in the last game Phil Jagielka scored, so there’s goals from centre-back and set plays.

“We’ll all be looking to score wherever we are on the pitch. I don’t think there’s pressure one particular position.”

Meanwhile, Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe warned England not to underestimate Moldova in their opening qualifier on Friday.

“At this level, every game is difficult,” said Defoe.

“I can imagine when we go there, they’ll make it difficult for us. Maybe they’ll sit behind the ball and try to frustrate us.

“Over the years, I’ve played in games where, particularly away from home, you go to the so-called smaller countries and it’s difficult to get the first goal.”

England have previously faced Moldova in qualifying for the 1998 World Cup, with the Three Lions winning 4-0 at Wembley and sealing a 3-0 away victory.

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