Daniel Sturridge committed to England according to Liverpool manager
Rickie Lambert and Jermain Defoe were the only fit strikers available for England on Tuesday night, with Daniel Sturridge unavailable to play despite a flying start in a Liverpool shirt this season.
September 13th, 2013
Sturridge has scored the winning goals for Liverpool in all three Premier League matches to date, although he wasn’t available for England for the matches against Moldova or Ukraine, with several people questioning his commitment to the international cause.
However, it appears that the former Chelsea man wasn’t 100% fit for the match against Manchester United a fortnight ago, with the past couple of weeks allowing the striker to rehabilitate from injury and get himself in a position to return against Swansea on Monday night.
“He was obviously disappointed to miss out on the England games. He wanted to play for England and I felt sorry for him,” said Rodgers.
“He came here first and foremost to do as well as he could for Liverpool knowing that, if he did, he could be a main striker for England. Unfortunately he left the Manchester United game injured and the medical staff at England deemed him not quite fit enough for the first game and they were perfectly happy he was not going to play.
“The medical experts made the decision, not Daniel Sturridge. He returned here and there was a slight improvement but Roy [Hodgson] and his staff have to make a decision if he’s going to be available for the second game and at that stage he wasn’t.”
Sturridge is likely to lead the line on Monday night considering that Luis Suarez continues to be suspended, while the former has been on fire for his club so far this term.