Daniel Sturridge: I’m more worried about Liverpool than England

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge says his main ambition is to help Reds win trophies rather than playing for England

Daniel Sturridge
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge Photo: Nike

Daniel Sturridge says he is more worried about helping Liverpool win games and challenge for trophies than playing for England.

The 24-year-old striker is set to miss England’s World Cup qualifier against Ukraine on Tuesday night after a niggling thigh injury also ruled the forward out of his country’s 4-0 victory over Moldova at Wembley last Friday.

Sturridge had been tipped to lead Roy Hodgson’s attack before the former Chelsea striker was forced to withdraw despite playing through the pain barrier in Liverpool’s 1-0 win against Manchester United over a week ago.

The Reds striker has scored the winner in three successive 1-0 victories over Stoke City, Aston Villa and the Red Devils in the Premier League this term, and Sturridge insists aiding Liverpool is more important than England.

“I’m more worried about Liverpool and more worried about putting in good performances for us, us winning games and challenging for trophies,” Sturridge told Liverpool’s website.

“That’s my main ambition – it’s not about playing for England.

“That comes with doing the things you do for your club and if I don’t play well here, I won’t get the opportunity to do it there [World Cup finals].”

Sturridge was omitted from Hodgson’s Three Lions squad for last summer’s European championship in Poland and Ukraine after previously becoming a regular under the Englishman’s predecessor, Fabio Capello.

The Birmingham-born, who has six England caps, forward has scored 13 goals in 17 Premier League appearances for Liverpool after completing a £12m switch to Anfield from Chelsea in the January transfer window.

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