Tuesday 16 January 2018

Sturridge: I'll make impact for England

Daniel Sturridge. Photo: Lee Smith/Reuters
Daniel Sturridge. Photo: Lee Smith/Reuters

Daniel Sturridge is confident he can contribute to the England cause at Euro 2016, even if he fails to win a starting spot.

The emergence of Jamie Vardy and the continued excellence of Harry Kane means Sturridge is unlikely to start for England in their opener against Russia, especially with captain Wayne Rooney certain to play from the off.

With Marcus Rashford also in the squad, at least two of the five strikers named by Roy Hodgson will likely be on the bench in Marseille this Saturday.

"We have to be a team. It's very important, on and off the pitch. We don't have our mums, dads, kids and all those things here. So we're our family and we have to be together," he said. "I'm not here for a holiday," was his response when the notion was floated. Nobody wants to sit on the bench. I want to play, of course, but it's down to the manager to choose his team and I have to understand that."

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