England v Germany: Rooney and Sturridge display a worry, says Kevin Davies
Kevin Davies says the lack of threat from England's strikers against Germany is a concern for the World Cup.
Last Updated: 20/11/13 9:35am
England failed to have a shot on target in Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat - the first time that has happened in a home game since 1999 - and Roy Hodgson admitted his side lacked quality against one of the favourites for next summer's tournament in Brazil.
Sturridge and Rooney have scored 13 Premier League goals between them for Liverpool and Manchester United this season and Davies, who played once for England in 2010, was excited about watching them team up for the national side.
And while he admits they lacked service, he was left disappointed by their toothless display after watching the game in the Sky Sports News studio.
Davies said: "To give Germany credit they defended really well and snuffed all the chances out, but Roy will be concerned about the lack of chances they're creating.
"He said before the game he was really looking forward to seeing Sturridge and Rooney and I think if he's going to play those two up front together and sacrifice one of the midfield players he's going to need more from them.
"Maybe it's the service going in to them - the full-backs never really got involved in the game- but they've not had a shot on target. The goalkeeper (Roman Weidenfeller) making his debut at 33, like I did, will never have an easier game. He's not had a save to make.
"Andros Townsend had the best chance when he shot from 25 yards and hit the post, but they've created nothing and that will be a real concern."
The result means England have lost consecutive games at Wembley for the first time since 1977, following Friday night's 2-0 loss to Chile, and Davies says there are few positives for Hodgson to draw on.
But he says the emergence of Andros Townsend and a fine display from under-pressure goalkeeper Joe Hart will give him cause for optimism as he continues his World Cup preparations.
"Joe Hart was outstanding," Davies added.
"He made three or four really good saves, which will do him the world of good, and he had one rush of blood where he clattered into the back of Chris Smalling, but they got away with that one. That's the question mark over him, his decision-making, but he made three or four good saves.
"Phil Jagielka was solid and Andros Townsend was very good, but he found it difficult because Germany had a gameplan and made it really difficult for him with two or three players. He was having to go backwards half the time.
"But I was disappointed with Rooney and Sturridge. They have been on fire for their clubs but there was no evidence of that tonight.
"They will be disappointed in that."