Daniel Sturridge ‘happy’ about Harry Kane’s rise, claims Liverpool boss
Brendan Rodgers believes that Daniel Sturridge will view Harry Kane's rise to prominence as good for England
Brendan Rodgers has claimed that Daniel Sturridge will be “happy” to see Harry Kane break into the England set-up in the coming months.
The Tottenham Hotspur striker has been in sensational form this season and netted both goals as Tottenham beat local rivals Arsenal 2-1 in Saturday’s north London derby at White Hart Lane.
Kane has scored 21 goals in all competitions for Spurs this term and is widely expected to receive his first call-up to the senior England squad later this year.
But despite that being likely to mean that Sturridge will be competing with Kane for a place in Roy Hodgson’s side, Rodgers believes that the Liverpool man will welcome the Tottenham forward’s addition to the squad.
Rodgers is quoted as saying by ESPN: “I’m sure Daniel is happy there’s another English striker coming through because if Harry Kane is going to be of the level to play for England, which I believe he is, then that helps Daniel and the other Liverpool players who play for England because it means you get another top quality striker.
“But for me there’s not anyone better than Daniel Sturridge. There’s no one better. He’s got everything in his game if he’s playing consistently. His goalscoring record, his pace, his power, he’s got everything and as an English striker there’s no one better than him.
“I’m sure Daniel will look at it that there’s another young English striker coming through and that will really help him when they come together at international level.”
Sturridge is in line to make his first Premier League start since August when Liverpool host Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Tuesday night. He has scored two top-flight goals for the Reds so far this term.