Sven-Goran Eriksson is considering playing three strikers in England’s World Cup tie with Wales.

Faced with the prospect of having to drop Michael Owen or Jermain Defoe to accommodate the fit-again Wayne Rooney, Eriksson admits he may play all three.

“We have been practising trying different solutions, that’s one of them. But we did other things, so we will decide on Saturday,” he said.

Eriksson was in confident mood ahead of the keenly-awaited clash.

“It’s a very strong squad, even without Steven Gerrard,” said the Swede.

“Rooney looks very good and in great shape and it’s amazing to see him knowing he’s been out for such a long time.

“Jermain Defoe, I think, is having a good season at Tottenham.

“He’s improving from last season, and played very well for England. He’s very quick and strong, and he’s doing very well.”

Of Owen, who had been tipped to make way for Rooney following Eriksson issued a vote of confidence.

“I’ve not seen any difference at all to him,” he said.

“To see young players coming through for England is my dream.”

“The squad is gettting stronger and stronger.

“Sometimes we play young against old in training and players who are 25 are playing for the ‘olds’ – it’s great competition.”