Roy Hodgson admitted Picking Daniel for Friendly Matches

  • Posted on: 27 April 2016

Roy Hodgson admitted that picking Daniel Sturridge for the upcoming friendly against Netherlands and seeing his performance against a top team will have a huge say in his ability to travel with the England team for the Euro 2016.

Sturridge appeared like one of the finest prospects since the days of Michael Owen and Alan Shearer at their peak. He had been one of the highest scoring English strikers in the Premier League before the curse of injuries struck him. In the last two seasons, he has barely managed 20 appearances in all competitions.

The striker is now set to return after missing most than 500 days for the national team due to injuries alone. Still, the manager is keeping his faith in the player and wants to see a performance from the 26-year-old. However, Hodgson was less than confident about the possibility of taking injury hit duo of Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck to the Euro 2016. Since the former Liverpool boss has a number of options in the forward positions, he will think twice about taking injury prone players. The likes of Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy have been sensational hits for the England national team in this position.
Since his debut in 2011, Sturridge has made only 16 appearances for the national team.

“He's [Sturridge] back to the player he was. I'd like people like him and Danny Welbeck to make certain in the weeks that remain in the season to get as big a build-up as possible in fitness and conditioning and match play so they can convince me they are once again at the very height of their powers. There's an element of risk taking any players who have a history of injury. I can't deny that,” said the England boss. Welbeck just recently returned for Arsenal’s first team after eight months out due to injury.